Six Reasons courtesy of Catalyst why the Open-plan office’s time is nigh:

LOWER PRODUCTIVITY: According to Professor Richard de Dear (University of Sydney)’the best indicative metric for productivity on a day-to-day basis is actually self-assessment, and what the actual office workers themselves think about their productivity would indicate that there’s a significant decrement in productivity in an open-plan office, mainly because there is unwanted noise. And it’s not really just the noise that’s the issue, it’s intelligible speech”.

ANGER MANAGEMENT ISSUES: Libby Sander observed ‘Often when we’re working in an office where you clearly know a lot of the people around us and we sort of know, often, what is being spoken about. So in that environment, research has shown that we have this feeling that we don’t want to miss out, and the impact that has on people is that they can tend to have much shorter attention spans, they can become much more frustrated, much less patient with those around them, and certainly have increased levels of conflict.

HEALTH ISSUES: Working in an open plan office increases cortisol levels. The body is not designed to sustain high level of cortisol over a prolong period, and eventually this can lead to significant health issues including heart disease.

: The boundaries between work and home have become blurred. To extract the maximum out of the cubicle slaves it is ‘best’ to ‘create a more domestic feel to the working environment’ -Bill Dowzer.

BIOPHILIA: Term used to describe emotional affinity to the natural world. Apparently, cubicle slaves response to sunlight, fresh air and plants. Who would have thought?!

NOISE: Offices need an ‘ambient noise level’ as an office too quiet can cause distractions from colleagues’ conversations and deprive you of privacy for your own conversations.