Dr Vinesh Oommen from the Queensland University of Technology's
"The evidence we found was absolutely shocking…In 90 per cent of the research, the outcome of working in an open-plan office was seen as negative, with open-plan offices causing high levels of stress, conflict, high blood pressure, and a high staff turnover. The high level of noise causes employees to lose concentration, leading to low productivity …
Why would employers subject their most precious asset to such perils, even sacrificing the holy grail of productivity?
Dr Oommen sums it up nicely.
employers are always looking for ways to cut costs, and using open-plan designs can save 20 per cent on construction.