Open spaces have been trend in offices for a few decades. Modern startups have made it a sign of openness, transparence and good internal communication. Unfortunately, they don’t work as well as we thought.
Gallup Research shows that employees want privacy when they need it, personal workspace and their own office. Noise and interruptions rise the stress level - and lowers performance
At work we need to interact with other people to generate new ideas. But we should be able to choose and coordinate time for focused work without interruptions.
This pandemic will someday end and people will get back to work together. Use this time of empty offices to redesign your spaces and schedules.
You will need rooms for: Focused activities, teamwork and casual interactions.
You will get more performance and less burn out.
Gallup’s Perspective on Employee Burnout: Causes and Cures 2020