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Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: The Downside of Open Offices

Spurred by tech startups and tight recession-era budgets came a trend of open offices: large, open rooms where everyone shares the space. Open-plan offices are supposed to spur creativity and innovation, but are the employees in these offices really happy about the setup? A recent Quartz.com guide found evidence to the contrary. Researchers from Virginia State University and North Carolina State University found that open offices are linked to lower productivity, while a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health found that workers in open office setups reported 62 percent more sick days on average than those in one-occupant layouts. As far as noise goes, researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University found the most irritating noises in open offices were conversations, ringing phones and machines.

Maria Valdez Haubrich

Maria Valdez Haubrich

Maria Valdez Haubrich is Chief Liaison Officer of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Visit her company’s blog at SmallBizDaily.com.
Maria Valdez Haubrich


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