If working in an office is bad for your brain, where does that leave intranets?

A study has found that the hustle and bustle of modern offices can lead to a
32% drop in workers well being and reduce their productivity by 15%.

They have found that open plan offices create unwanted activity in the brains
of workers that can get in the way of them doing the task at hand.

Open plan offices were first introduced in the 1950s and quickly became a
popular as a way of laying out offices.

Having a clean and sterile desk can also leave employees with smaller brains,
scientists claim.

The findings are revealed in a programme made for Channel 4, The Secret Life
of Buildings, to be broadcast on Monday.

This type of research, IMHO, has implications for both our online and physical workplaces. Implementing a sterile, impersonal intranet is probably as bad as a clean desk policy.

But for physical workspaces at least, why does it always have to be one or other – open plan OR individual offices, work from the office OR work from home?

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2 thoughts on “If working in an office is bad for your brain, where does that leave intranets?

  1. Like the idea that a busy desk leads to bigger brains. It goes nicely against our ideas about efficiency and process being the best way of operating; rather it may be that diving into complexity and mixing of activity areas (aka mess) leads to better problem solving.

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