What Does Your Brain Think About the Modern Workplace?

I was recently asked for my thoughts on an article published last year in the Harvard Business Review on the unintended effects of open office space. Citing research conducted by Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, the report has now been sent to me more times than any other in my care. People have been writing about the pros and cons of open vs. enclosed office space for decades, so what’s the big deal with this one? Well, this was academic research, not anecdotal, published by the oldest scholarly journal in the world, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. The study included wearable technology to track users. If we believe what this paper tells us about the reduction of collaboration in open offices, we should all shift our thinking about the open workplace as soon as possible. Not. So. Fast. Click to read more at www.dmagazine.com.