The Coronavirus May Do What Common Sense Couldn’t: Get Rid of Crazy “Open” Office Plans

John Hollon Culture, Driving Productivity, Organizational Development

Way back in 2012, The New York Times dug into a big workplace problem that a lot of people were having with the lack of privacy in open offices. You might have experienced it first-hand, because It was a growing trend that seemed to be springing up everywhere — no matter how silly, dumb, and unproductive it happened to be. …

If Sitting By High Performers Is All It Takes To Improve, I Want To Sit By Tim Sackett

John Hollon John Hollon, Office Politics

These are the kinds of stories that drive me nuts. Back in August, The Wall Street Journal published an article with the headline Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work, but the REAL news came in the subhead — “Sitting next to a star improves your performance, research shows; finally, something to like about open offices.” Sorry, but in …

Open Office Floor Plans Exist Because You Can’t Be Trusted

Laurie Ruettimann Laurie Ruettimann, Uncategorized

I have listened to many smart and sensible people debate the merits and drawbacks of open office plans. Some people believe that an open office environment will create better interdepartmental communication and stop people from hoarding information. Unfortunately, academics and researchers are finding that open office environments can impair cognitive abilities. Many others believe that open environments create hostility and a sense of helplessness among …