by Deborah Bates on May 24, 2013

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Open offices can lead to lower job satisfaction levels

An open-plan office can lead to lower job satisfaction levels for employees and increase the number of sick days taken, dailymail.co.uk reports.

That’s according to research from the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, which found that those who work in such spaces are much more likely to fall sick. They can also feel less motivated and not as satisfied with their work.

Plus, productivity levels can drop, medicaldaily.com revealed; potentially inspiring companies currently offering jobs in London or any other place to re-think their office set-up, as they may not be able to hold onto any new recruits if they’re expected to work in an open-plan space.  A separate study from Hong Kong Polytechnic University showed that noise, temperature and loud conversations all work towards a decreased productivity level.

What’s more, employers may not get the best may not get the best out of their teams in an open-plan office, as workers often become a lot more stressed in these than those in sectioned-off spaces. Being stressed, combined with the heightened chance of germs being spread across the desks, can increase the number of sick days taken by staff members too.

All in all, it appears that non-open-plan spaces are best for workers. With medicaldaily.com revealing that on average, people take two additional days off per year when in an office they find uncomfortable, making a change now might be a great short-term decision for long-term gain.