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The Ideal Office Floor Plan, According to Science | Bloomberg

The open office plan is here to stay.

Where you sit matters.  According to Harvard Business School, in an open floor plan the idea is for co-workers to sit very close to one another.  What changes, however, is who sits next to whom.

Research conducted at one technology company shows, the denser an area is with productive people, the better nearby worker’s productivity, effectiveness, and quality of work.  The study measured proximity and productivity of 2,000 workers.   The converse is also true for “toxic” workers causing disruptions.  People rub off on each other, for good and for bad.  The open office floor plan  started as a way to for employees to share creativity and productivity.  Both Google and Pixar specifically have successful work places because of a collaborative office space.

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Employees tend to dislike open office floor plans claiming it is disruptive, distracting and stressful.  The thought is that workers with different strengths should be grouped together, mixing high-productivity employees with lower-quality work with slower people generating high-quality work.

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By: Rebecca Greenfield – August 1, 2016

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