Workers in Open Plan Offices Fall Sick More Often, Says Study

by Kathy Jones on May 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM
 Workers in Open Plan Offices Fall Sick More Often, Says Study

A new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health suggests that people who work in open plan offices are far more likely to get sick and take sick leaves compared to those who work in enclosed work environment.

The study revealed that those who worked in open plan offices were 62 percent more likely to fall sick and take a day off and suggested that such a work environment encouraged the spread of germs and also added that it increases stress among the employees, thereby lowering their immunity.


The researchers at Virginia State University and North Carolina State University also found that working in open plan offices also reduced the workers' productivity, job satisfaction and motivation.

Source: Medindia
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