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New Study Finds Major Reason Open Floor Plan Offices Are a Horrible Idea

Open Floor Plan Office

Science says: No one really talks to one another at this kind of workplace setup.

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When companies tell their employees they're about to adopt an for their office, their main selling point (aside from the fact that open-plan offices are probably cheaper) is that this type of. Because if you're sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with your colleagues, with very little privacy, you're pretty much forced to interact with them more often, right?

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