Summary of “Here’s the final nail in the coffin of open plan offices”

Open plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers.
An innovative new study has found that employees in open plan offices spend 73% less time in face-to-face interactions.
The findings build on previous research, which has found open plan work environments compromise employees’ ability to focus and concentrate on their work.
The design of the workplace significantly influences this, by supporting or detracting from interdependent work.
Despite the pursuit of collaboration in workplaces, the need for concentration and focused individual work is also increasing.
Knowledge work requires employees to attend to specific tasks by gathering, analyzing, and making decisions using multiple sources of information.
Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, as is traditional in open plan design, work environments should provide various options that support employees working effectively.
Evolving models of workplace design are seeking to achieve this, by providing different zones for different types of work and different needs.

The orginal article.