Jane Ruffino: The idea behind open plan offices is one of utopian meritocracy

The reality is much less ideal

13th December, 2015
Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg famously sit out in the open area with the rest of the team

‘Hi, can you hear me? How about now?” If you work in an open plan office, this Skype malfunction is part of the soundtrack of your day. Along with sniffling, the buzzing of fluorescent bulbs, soft weeping, headphone leakage, humming, whispering, and the low hum of someone’s impending Falling Down moment – maybe yours.

While I personally like sharing office space, an actual open plan office with dozens of people’s unconscious...

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