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  1. #1 Open Office Plans Drive Employees Insane. 
    Study: Open Office Plans Lower Productivity, Raise Blood Pressure in Employees
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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    Open office plans are harmful to the health of employees, Australian scientists have found.

    Researchers reviewed a global pool of research into the effect of this modern office design, concluding it has led to lower productivity and higher worker stress, according to a report in the Australian Associated Press.

    "The evidence we found was absolutely shocking,'' researcher Dr. Vinesh Oommen, of the Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, told the AAP.

    "In 90 percent of the research, the outcome of working in an open-plan office was seen as negative, with open-plan offices causing high levels of stress, conflict, high blood pressure, and a high staff turnover.”

    Researchers also found that the high level of noise causes employees to lose concentration, leading to low productivity.

    "There are privacy issues because everyone can see what you are doing on the computer or hear what you are saying on the phone, and there is a feeling of insecurity,'' Oommen added.
    The insanity part wasn't stated but I'm sure it's strongly implied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    The insanity part wasn't stated but I'm sure it's strongly implied.

    I'm allowed to work from home and that is about as close to closed officed as you can get. It promotes sanity and low stress.
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