4 Disadvantages of an Open Office Plan

1111A recent article, 5 Reasons Why an Open Office Space May Not Be Your Best Bet, by Reuben Yonatan, discusses the downside of open office plans.  Surprisingly, 70% of Americans work in open space offices. Before you jump on the open office plan bandwagon, consider these disadvantages:

  1. No Control of Office Temperature or Lighting

Most employees prefer arranging their office in their own individual way. This includes adjusting the temperature, lighting and arranging meeting details. Employee control is taken away in an open office plan. Most office colleagues don’t have the same opinions regarding office conditions.

  1. Lack of Privacy

Employees need privacy to work efficiently. Workflow can be disrupted by chatty colleagues. Unfortunately, the open office plan tends to be particularly prone to interruptions.

  1. Increase in Sick Leave 

A single sneeze might infect everyone if you work in an open space office. Employees need to be cautious as viruses are becoming more contagious every year. Sick employees can adversely affect your business. This is another downside of an open concept office.


Open concept offices are the latest craze in office environments but there are disadvantages. If you’re interested in a more conducive workspace, YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: Staffed Flexible Offices, team/conferencing/meeting spaces and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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