by Kate Lister
“Although many firms believe large, open-plan workspaces help collaboration, in fact, unless staff are in close proximity ‘you might as well be in Belgium’, said Dr Millard. However research has shown that put workers too close together and they clam up, as if being stuck in a lift together”
Dr. Millard suggests distractions and task switching among the biggest problems with open plan where “one size fits nobody.”
Will offices no longer be needed? No, says Millard. They’re still important — if only for socializing.