The real truth behind open-plan offices

Open-plan offices, flexible working, collaboration, innovation. Buzzwords or just zzZZZzzz’s?

After working in an open-plan, supposedly collaboration boosting, creative-conversation-enhancing environment, I realised that there were definite flaws in the plan to power innovation in offices.

So is the flow of information enhanced? Does it help build better conversations or produce more productive workers? Or, does it impose unseen barriers?

In this painstakingly well-animated RSA ( Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) video, technologist Dave Coplin makes a brilliant argument. Definitely worth the nine minutes.

More on digital productivity?

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