Need to Minimize Office Chatter?
Open-plan workspaces famously abound in Silicon Valley, and according to some estimates, the rest of the United States is following suite, with up to 70 percent of American offices embracing the open office.
Open office floor plans are believed to increase teamwork and collaboration by reducing the number of walls and other barriers to communication.
However, they also carry with them the potential for distraction and excessive socialization among employees, and without appropriate accommodations, may be stressful for employees with different personalities.
With the right guidelines, a balance between privacy and openness can help achieve a maximally productive space.
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