CEOs from places like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay and the likes just love an open office. No walls, no dividers, no partitions, just plenty of open space. I mean, if the internet should be open, why not your office?
Open offices save companies lots of money. Igor Cornelsen feels it maximizes floor space and reduces construction and engineering costs. So, this is a really great thing for businesses, right?
The only problem with open office spaces is the fact that everyone is forced to share the same space. That means any time someone is talking to the person next to you, you have to hear all about it. This type of invasion of privacy can really put a damper on creativity and production.
Bosses love to be able to watch what’s going on. You’re a lot less likely to watch some porn, or surf the web for hours on end in an open office, aren’t you? Sure, that may be true, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be putting your nose to the grindstone either.
I think open offices are a perfect example of how disconnected those in charge have become. Do you think Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook doesn’t have his own office? I doubt it. CEOs tend to follow trends and pass down instructions from up high without ever really considering how it may influence their employees.