OpenOffice

Open offices are closing people off from each other more, according to this recent study

<i></i>Bernstein hopes the research will offer empirical evidence that will help managers consider the possible trade-offs of moving to an open office plan. …

Empiricism

Open office plans are as bad as you thought

A cubicle-free workplace without private offices is supposed to force employees to collaborate. To have them talk more face-to-face. To get them off instant messenger and spontaneously brainstroming about new ideas.<p>But a recent study by two researchers offers evidence to support what many people …

Harvard Business School

There's a Scientific Reason Open Offices Are so Quiet, and It's Not Good

Open offices are undeniably trendy — they account for roughly three quarters of offices in the U.S. — but they just as undeniably make people …

Human Interest

Tech Tools You'll Want to Survive an Open Office

Working in an open office has its downsides. These five tools can help you stay productive.

Headphones

Turns Out Open-Office Plans, Once Hailed as Facilitators of Face Time, Might Actually Stifle Communication

It’s been clear for a while now that the spread of the open-office plan to almost three-quarters of American offices hasn’t worked out so well. …

Lifestyle

Open offices sap collaboration and productivity, reducing face-to-face time by 70%

Silicon Valley's War on Walls has declared its first casualties according to a new study in <i>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B</i>. Those …

Headphones

Open offices result in less collaboration among employees

In a recent study called The impact of the ‘open’ workspace on human collaboration, a pair of researchers tracked the digital and real life …

Headphones

A Tour of Casper’s Mod, Minimal Flatiron Headquarters

What do you get when you take fast-paced startup culture, add a dose of design, and locate the whole enterprise in a 34,000-square-foot, light-filled …

Home

Startup Events To Attend This Week: Inc42 Open Office Hours And More

Here is <b>Inc42</b>’s latest edition of startup events coming up this week.But before we dive into what’s in store for this week, let’s catch up on the …

Business (India)

Open Offices Make Employees Less Productive & Collaborate Way Less, According To A New Study

If, over the past few years, you've worked in an office, been anywhere near an office, or been remotely close to anyone who works in an office, you …

The Workplace

Yes, open office plans are the worst

If you’re endlessly distracted by your co-workers in the gaping open office space you all share, you’re not alone. Compared to traditional office spaces, face-to-face interaction in open office spaces is down 70 percent with resulting slips in productivity, according to Harvard researchers in a new …

Employment

Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%

To encourage unbounded, collective intelligence, offices may need physical boundaries.<p>Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build …

Employment

Do Other People Seem Really Stupid Right Now? Harvard Scientists Have an Amazing Explanation

The really good news is that it's not you. It's probably them.<p>Do your co-workers seem dumber lately? Is your boss a little slow on the uptake? Are your employees having a hard time doing things they'd normally accomplish?<p>There could be a simple reason, according to Harvard scientists: It's so hot …

Money

Adult Film Actresses Describe The Sex Acts They Refuse To Do

Most of these are fully sensible and relate to issues of legality, health and/or basic respect.<p>In the 1960s, experts drew on the best science of the …

Mario Kart

JavaScript and the Web

If you were introduced to React “all at once” and didn’t learn it from the basics up, JSX may feel a little bit like magic syntax. This is a solid …

JavaScript

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The worst thing about Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande’s “Bed” video is it’s not “Side To Side.” This is Gabriela Tully Playmore subbing for Tom — here …

Ariana Grande

The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

Not because there aren’t people who actually enjoy working in an open office, there are. Quite a few, actually. But they’re in the distinct minority. …

Research

Confused About Company Culture? Consulting This Simple Framework Can Help

Company culture is either, depending whom you ask:<br>An all-important force in corporate life<br>…or…<br>An amorphous, squishy concept that borders on being meaningless.<p>Here’s what I think about this divergence of opinion: <i>both sides are right.</i> There are times in business life when, as Peter Drucker said (or …

Entrepreneurship

Open Offices Lead To Closed Workers!

2 days ago<p>Open office plans are all the rage because they are supposed to take down walls and encourage communication between workers. Instead, they …

Employment

Want to Chat with Your Colleagues? Don't Work in an Open Office

Open office plans are often touted by companies as a way to encourage interaction among employees, but in practice, open offices are often a lot less …

Employment

Open-plan offices actually make people talk less: study

Open-plan offices may break down walls… but they don’t break the ice.<p>The hip architectural style — favored by the likes of Google and Facebook — …

Harvard

Eco-conscious Birkenstock HQ in Melbourne targets carbon-neutral status

A two-story heritage building in Melbourne has been remade into Birkenstock Australia’s new headquarters, an eco-conscious development with a modern …

Green Design

A Widely Published Midcentury in L.A. Hits the Market at $6.9M

Designed by Buff & Hensman and famously photographed by Julius Shulman, this iconic midcentury radiates recognition and style.<p>Originally commissioned by the grandparents of L.A. City Mayor Eric Garcetti, The Roth Residence was built in 1963 by renowned architects Buff & Hensman. Having been …

Cabins

Study: Open office plans cause us to ‘socially withdraw’

Open office plans get introduced as a seemingly democratic way to break down walls — both literal and metaphoric ones — between team members. Once …

The Workplace

Open plan offices cause workers to choose email over face-to-face interaction: Study

Many organisations bring in open plan offices to increase collaboration between employees, but doing so could actually reduce staff interaction, …

The Workplace

Open plan offices flop - you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

Open plan offices don’t deliver their promised benefits of more face-to-face collaboration and instead make us misanthropic recluses and more likely …

The Workplace

Passive-Aggressively Protest Your Open Office With These Portable Room Dividers

All workers want is some peace and quiet. Whether you’ve made that corner table in the coffee shop into your desk or you work for a company that ascribes to the (deeply maligned) open office plan, carving out space for yourself to put your head down and pump up the productivity is a must.<p>One way to …

Portable

The Go-To Fix For Open Offices Is A Nightmare, Too

Welcome to your pod, employee.<p>Open offices were supposed to be the wave of the future. No cubicles! Vice presidents democratically sitting at shared tables next to interns! Ideas are generated more easily when there are no walls between them! Plus, you get that tranquil, airy vibe, and you can fit …

Dot-com

The Unintended Effects of Open Office Space

Associate Professor Ethan Bernstein's new study uses wearable technology to unearth some important new discoveries about open office architecture.<p>As …

Harvard Business School

Happening in Dot: Week of July 9th

<b>Office hours!</b> The office of the Boston City Councilor At-Large, Michelle Wu, will have open office hours to interact and listen to neighbors concerns …

New England