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Why Open-Plan Offices Need a Redesign

Adele Peters

Do you work in an open-plan office? If you're in the United States, the odds are that you do: over 70 percent of Americans now have open-plan offices. In theory, people are collaborating more. But the problem is they're also less focused, less happy, and more likely to get sick. Gensler, the design firm, just finished a new study on office design and says we don't need to go back to old-school offices, but the best workplaces have mixed spaces.

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