Over the past two decades, there’s been a large corporate push to remove cubicle walls in favor of airy, bright, open office plans.
The idea behind the movement has been to enhance communication and collaboration. Select studies have supported this idea, concluding that the open approach to office design offers many benefits in terms of ideation and creativity.
However, many believe the downside is that open office plans have introduced noise and visual distractions to the workplace that have made it more difficult for workers to stay productive when focusing on individual tasks.
This notion has been backed up by recent articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNBC. These publications cite studies that claim more than half of today’s workforce find their office environment too distracting and wish for more quiet workspaces.
In response to this, forward-thinking companies are inventing way