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Let's rethink the open plan office

Creating small spaces for high energy brainstorming is one way to stay nimble.

According to a recent study titled Perils of the Open Office which surveyed 5,151 office workers across 10 countries (including Australia and New Zealand, China, India and Japan), nearly one in three workers in open plan offices says he/she loses more than one hour of work to distractions each day.

Modern workers demand spaces that allow for less structured, small group collaborations. By creating smaller, productive workspaces, organisations can enable their workers to work together as one team more effectively.

IF YOU told me a decade ago that senior management would be out of their private offices and embracing open office concepts, I would have called your bluff.

But in just a few decades, the 21st century has seen the modern workplace transform from having private offices, multiple boardrooms...