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    The idea that it’s the “final nail in the coffin” implies that anyone who makes decisions will take it to heart, make the decision not to buy the (cheaper!) open plan furniture, and allow people to have privacy at work. This has all been studied and understood before, as far back as IBM in the 1970s. It should be obvious to anyone who’s worked both in a private setting (remotely or otherwise) and an open-plan office.

    What will happen instead is that this article will be disregarded and forgotten, and corporations will keep buying tighter and tighter configurations of chairs and tables to save a penny on real estate.

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      Open plan offices are great. That is, it’s terrible to work in them, but it helps you identify clueless and/or toxic management/companies. If any given company has an open plan office, you know not to work there.

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        If any given company has an open plan office, you know not to work there.

        Sounds like nowhere is decent enough to work at considering the rate open office rants pop up makes it seem like they’re everywhere.

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        Open plan offices aren’t going away as long as they’re cheap and the company can still recruit employees to work in them. I don’t see a way to make real estate cheap unless you move your company to a cheap area or promote remote work. As long as employees are willing to work in such spaces, companies have little incentive to change.

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          Data like this appearing in abundance, and is showing a direct connection to cost increases. That sounds like incentive to me.