Open-office plans can be very attractive. Rather than having everyone stuff in cubicles, open offices seem to let the light in and create an environment ripe for collaboration and a free exchange of ideas.

This is often the case. In one survey, 81 percent of respondents said they believed open-office plans promote improved behaviors, such as better team interaction.

At the same time, there are also complaints about noise and reports of increased sickness in the workplace because of all the shared space. Communication may improve, but what about privacy?

To break down the benefits and drawbacks of the open-office environment Ghergich have broken down the relevant research in the infographic below. Is the open-office plan right for you?

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Pro's and Con's of Open Offices


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