01/ Decrease in productivity
A survey by ROOM discovered that 33% workers said the distractions, noise, and general sensory overload in open workspaces slows them down.
02/ Work must be done away from the office
95% say that working by themselves is important to them, but only 41% say that they can do it. 31% of people need to work away from the office.
01/ Dissatisfaction with the workspace
13% of people have even considered changing jobs because of the noise level in their office.
02 / Tiredness and stress
Constantly noisy working environment leads to tiredness and stress. That furthermore decreases employees ability for focus and be productive.
Current global pandemic has increased working from home and if the predictions hold true, some people will continue to work from home, at least part-time.
This means that the function of office space has to change a bit. It is not only for day to day working at desks, but it becomes a place for coming together, brainstorming with colleagues, having fun office events, creative collaboration, and collaborative tasks.
It might seem counter-intuitive but regular breaks during working day increases productivity. Studies have shown that the most productive working pace is 52 minutes of work followed by a 17-minute break.
Socializing at the office is part of the going to work experience. It helps collaboration and good relationships.