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At a previous office we did a survey regarding our open office space.

The answers were extremely polarized, with about half the office loving them and half the office hating them.

The separation was pretty clean: people whose jobs involved focusing for extended periods of time hated it. People whose jobs were mundane/mindless/entry level, people whose jobs involved multitasking across a lot of things, and people whose jobs involved constant interruptions, loved it.

This is broadly consistent with the thesis "open plan offices are very bad for focus and concentration"




> People whose jobs were mundane/mindless/entry level, people whose jobs involved multitasking across a lot of things, and people whose jobs involved constant interruptions

This is a great description of being a software engineer at certain companies. The pay is good, though.


This is an old thread, but to square your circle, the lower level employees probably knew that any upgrade wouldn't benefit them, so they "loved" the open office that everyone else was stuck with.




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