The BBC has published an article in which it highlighted the harmful nature of open space offices on the human brain. Indeed, in its report, the BBC believes that open spaces have an adverse impact on the memory of individuals. In support of its remarks, the BBC took the example of a company operating in the field of digital technology and whose manager replied in the name of Chris Nagele.
According to the BBC, Mr. Chris Nagele, the managing director of the company, has followed the lead of many of his colleagues by deciding to move all his employees to a large open office. It happened four years ago. In making this decision, Chris Nagele’s goal was to bring his employees together in one place to facilitate collaboration among his staff and to develop a better social climate.
However, Mr. Nagele, by bringing together his employees who all worked on telework, quickly realized that this option was a massive mistake. He noticed that his employees had become distracted and were no longer flourishing.
BBC reports that Chris Nagele also saw a big drop in productivity among its employees. This experiment lasted only three years, because, following his different observations, Chris Nagele chose to drop the open spaces offices that he finally replaced by closed offices.
In April 2015, about three years after the employees moved to the open space office, Nagele moved the company to a 10,000-square-meter facility where each employee now has his own closed office. Many of the fellow workers agree that employees can not stand in open spaces. They are not productive at all and must ultimately work more at home to compensate for delays.
In its article, the BBC informs that today many companies have adopted the concept of open office, like the United States where nearly 70% of US offices are open space. Very few have returned to traditional spaces with offices and doors. However, employees who operate in open spaces are less productive and have enormous difficulties to concentrate.
In addition to concerns about productivity, the BBC refers to a problem of concentration. According to the report, people in the workplace acknowledge that they can not perform several tasks because small distractions can cause them to lose the thread of their activities for more than 20 minutes.
Another problem encountered in open spaces relates to the notion of “hotdesking.” The latter reflects a situation where employees do not have a fixed place and therefore have the freedom to sit in the place that suits them, in order to encourage collaboration and mobility.