Workplace: Open Floor Plans 
What a lot of nonsense. Companies use open floor plans because they're cheaper than offices and cheaper than cubicles. Also they enable management to keep an eye on everyone at a single glance across the room. I have worked in open floor plans in a factory, in a Japanese school staff room, and in a federal government forms processing center. In none of these cases did the open floor plan have anything to do with encouraging a collaborative work environment.

So Schumpeter has just awakened to the idea that white collar jobs are the new factory jobs? No separate office for you! We'll pack workers in elbow to elbow and wring whatever we can from them.

Schumpeter does point out a couple of downsides to the open floor plan office: lack of privacy and increased chance of passing along contagion. But he ignores the more pervasive problem that constantly being around people is physically and mentally draining, unless you have an extroverted personality type.

If companies were truly interested in optimizing employee productivity, they would understand that employees are not interchangeable parts and thus there is not one ideal way to optimize performance. Solutions have to be tailored to individual differences.


via +Peter Strempel 
#management   #openfloorplan   #intj  
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