Workers don’t actually like open plan offices

By on December 10, 2014

Employees feel down without natural light, but there are plenty of simple steps you can take to boost their engagement and productivity.

Your employees could be more engaged and productive if you ditched the open plan office and gave them a separate office, a new study claims. The survey of 10 500 workers in Europe, North America and Asia, commissioned by office equipment marketplace Expert Market, suggests that 54 percent of workers would prefer to work in separate offices.

Employees reported that the open plan design of many offices encouraged a negative sense of competition between staff and a hostile working environment that pitted colleagues against each other.

In the same survey, 65 percent of employees said that lack of natural light negatively impacted their mood. There is a wide range of steps that employers can take to boost the engagement and productivity of their employees: many of them cost nothing and provide lasting benefits to staff, the company, and profitability.

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