Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
Rather than being distracting, open plan offices can actually work for certain situations.
So-called 'soft skills' – including interpersonal skills, critical thinking and relationship-building – are rated as being important across all jobs and industries.
Research shows shared work spaces are not just distracting but bad for workplace friendships.
An open-plan office is not all it's cracked up to be but the alternative, segmented spaces, has its downsides as well.