Open Layout good for employees?

Panasonic Avionics
Tac0s

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Jan 7 24 Comments

Our mgmt is convinced that an open layout will help the company because it breaks down silos and creates an open environment for better collaboration. There are 2500 workers at HQ with about 100-200 per floor. We also have 8 buildings. They want to squeeze us all in 6 buildings with an open layout. And not all is engineering - even program managers, project managers, regular managers, IT, customer focals will be mixed in due to losing 2 buildings.

It has been only rolled out to 1 floor in 1 building and we already had a fist fight break out. No joke. Apparently one coworker was being too loud when talking to a customer on the phone ( most likely oversees ) and the other could not stand it. Sighs.

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  • New
    backwoods

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    Google
    backwoodsmore
    Cut the "collaboration" b.s. Your mgmt does this cause it's cheaper and they want to WATCH you all. That's it.
    Jan 7 1
  • Amazon djsjsjsj
    There are many recent serious research studies showing that actually open layout decreases the collbaration significantly. People tend to talk less to teammates due to the exact reasons of the fist fight that talking to people in open office may interfere others. Also, they tend to be less relaxed and more stressfull overall because bosses/coworkers/even 'strangers' from different teams are sitting/watching nearby. Open office is not a great replacement of individual offices in terms of work productivity, but is 100% great to save rentals.
    Jan 7 4
    • Synopsys wFatDuck
      Agreed on all counts but aren't the bean counters worried about loss of productivity from employees
      Jan 7
    • Tableau Ydobon
      No, because the savings on rent and facility costs are immediate and measurable. The cost to productivity is hard to measure and is more subtle.
      Jan 7
    • Oracle / Mgmt yahboi
      Please post the links to the research studies you cited.
      Jan 7
    • New b37
      @Ydobon - the right answer. It's amazing how easily quantifiable cost savings are compared to hard-to-measure quality of life and productivity gains are.
      Jan 7
  • VMware BobbleHat
    It is bullshit. Open office save $ in rent. Collaboration actually decreases.
    Jan 7 0
  • Databricks Sksnxn
    Main points have already been made, but I chuckled when you said it would "break down silos." Organizational silos are unrelated to and likely exacerbated in a negative way by that layout - what tribal manager will seriously be suddenly open to cross-pollination just because the walls are gone? Lol if anything they'll be less trusting
    Jan 7 0
  • HPE LkcI13
    Reasons not to open plan:
    - collaboration
    - team building
    - breaking silos
    - fostering communication

    Reasons for open plan:
    - cram more workers into smaller space where you can monitor their ass-in-seat time more efficiently.
    Jan 7 0
  • New / Eng ladka
    Fist fight? Do tell more:)
    Jan 7 0
  • Adobe Sawce
    Just wait until the guy next to you eats his pop chips while you’re trying to solve a complex design problem and you’ll know.
    Jan 7 0
  • Microsoft 4655434b
    Welcome to 2005!

    Plenty articles have been published indicating that open offices were one of the dumbest management trends in a while
    Jan 7 0
  • New DvVM00
    when done properly it’s great. pretty much no one does it properly. this is waste of time question on blind. google it
    Jan 7 0
  • Oracle / Mgmt yahboi
    It’s coming to our office. I think overall it will be good. Short cube walls keep employees honest.
    Jan 7 3
    • Oracle redvsblue
      OCI already has open layout.
      Jan 7
    • Oracle / Ops ダイノ🐶
      This is news to me. Which campus?
      Jan 7
    • Apple / Eng Landlord
      Hq 200. Floor 8.
      Jan 7
  • New mbzqfi
    Absolutely against it. It is nosey and hard to focus. Actually, if you want to collaborate, you need cubicles. It reduces the noise while you talk to someone in their cubicle..
    Jan 7 0
  • Oracle ypoint
    This is lip-service and 'bias for action' in action!
    Offices are better for everything!
    Jan 7 0
  • Amazon / Eng togiwiw
    It depends on how it's done. We have open office at most building at Amazon but it has walls / partitions. So basically 10-12 people sit in one section and this way most apart from a few unlucky sods get to sit with a wall / window next / behind them. It's better than full cubicles as I hate the quietness it encourages.
    Jan 7 0
  • Tesla / Other ishwbzheh
    No
    Jan 7 0
  • Dell x123
    Take a good headphone to the office.. open spaces look nice and are good for discussions , but get very noisy. Loud eaters become an annoyance at lunch time, use your headphone ... remember that there is always somebody able to watch your screen.
    Jan 12 0
  • Panasonic Avionics
    Tac0s

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    Alot of people are against it and COO swears that they did a survey amongst the employees and that majority favored the open layout. SWE never saw one.

    They are trying to make it as #ONETEAM but everyone from director level and up will stay in their cozy office.

    It's BS. The open layout will have "sections" of connected desks, but the whole are will be open - full of sections. They want people to quit instead of doing layoffs.
    Jan 8 0

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