While open-office design has grown due to the benefits of collaboration and operational costs, more and more research into the trend has revealed its shortcomings – most notably decreased office productivity and morale.

Need help convincing your boss (or maybe even yourself)?  I’ve gathered a list of articles from top publications that explain how focus rooms & private spaces are an essential addition to open-office space design – bringing back privacy & productivity to an office plan that has drained employee morale.  It’s their words – not mine!

Washington Post

FIVE working predictions for 2019 OFFICE DESIGN: The office phone booth will become a workplace staple. Read more here

The Wall Street Journal:

Open Office Spaces are Loosing some of their openness: The Wall Street Journal explains how open office design can have an adverse effect on employees and productivity and companies like Silicon Valley Bank are installing Phone booths and private spaces to quiet the backlash: Read more here


Is this the future of Open Office Space? While open office distractions sabotage employee focus, decreasing productivity anywhere from 15% to 28%, “telephone may be over, but phone booths are back! There is a Future for open offices. Read more here.


The open Office Concept is Dead. Fortune says the office of the future is here, and it involves focus rooms like phonebooths where employees can go to concentrate on solo work. Read more here.

Harvard Business Review

Stop Noise from ruining Your Open Office. While open Offices do offer important benefits, sound privacy was “by far and way the biggest drain on employee morale” to combat it, HBR recommends providing dedicated quiet spaces like phone booths. Read more here.

Fast Company

Is the Open Office Trend Reversing Itself? FC Explains companies like Yelp are installing phone booths in open-office to give back privacy to their employees, even if its just “visual privacy.” Read more here.

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