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Are open offices the wave of the future?

Studies show traditional offices allow for greater productivity

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A recent study, published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, followed two Fortune 500 companies as they shifted from traditional to open offices. They found that tearing down walls actually builds barriers to productivity and collaboration. 

Counterintuitive: Open offices leads to a 70 percent decrease in face-to-face interaction, while increasing electronic communication.

Takeaway: In both cases, executives said that productivity slipped. As the co-working movement continues to grow, businesses should take note of the advantages of traditional office space.

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