Could the end be nigh for the open plan office? Alas not but we have another savoy in the on-going war that the open plan office is not all that it is cracked up to be.

According to PhD candidate Jungsoo Ki whose research (Workspace satisfaction: The privacy-communication trade-off in open-plan offices ) based on a survey of more than 42,000 office workers in the USA, Finland, Canada and Australia found that the benefits of the open plan office were far outweighed by the negatives.

Negatives included tempetature, lack of privacy and noise (not necessarily background noise but hearing snippets of conversation).

Unfortunately, when critiqued on RN Drive limitations of the methodology employed were identified including failure to analyse data with reference to age, gender and the type of work undertaken.

Drat! We live in hope.

Press Release :Workers dissatisfied with open plan offices – News and Events – University of Sydney.