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Alone together: Study says open-plan offices might make us anti-social Office design might lead to less in-person interaction

A silhouette of someone staring at their computer screen (Credit: Pexels and iStock)

The fact that you can see all of your co-workers doesn t necessarily mean you re going to talk to any of them.

According to a new study by Harvard University, open-plan offices might actually deter employees from working together. Instead, workers are more likely to communicate by instant messaging and email, the New York Post reported.

But there s a caveat: The study only looked at two Fortune 500 companies. At one company, after doing away with cubicles, employees spent an average of 1.7 hours on in-pe上海夜网论坛

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rson interactions. That s down from the average 5.8 hours they spent when walled off from each other, according to the report.

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company, in-person interactions decreased by 67 percent. According to one of the study s researchers, Ethan Bernstein, people working in open-plan offices might feel more self-conscious. Feeling that they need to constantly look busy, the上海千花网交友

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y avoid eye contact and stare at their computer screens.

“On the one hand, it is hard to believe that people would not have a more vibrant and interactive experience when they work in an open office,” researcher Ethan Bernstein said.上海同城对对碰交友社区

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“On the other hand, I’ve spent enough time on the (subway) at rush hour to see that being packed together doesn’t necessarily 上海夜网

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lead to interaction.” [NYP] — Kathryn Brenzel

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