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The pleasures and perils of the open-plan office

Posted by on March 28th 2013

“Nobody can understand two people talking at the same time”

‘A 1998 study in the British Journal of Psychology found that background noise containing irrelevant speech affected workers’ ability to memorise prose and do mental arithmetic.’

‘A 2009 review article published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Management found that 90% of studies looking at open-plan offices linked them to health problems such as stress and high blood pressure.’

From  an interesting article in BBC Magazine on open-plan offices: their history and their effects on those who work in them.