Open office layouts were introduced a few decades back as a means to increase employee productivity. When employees come out of their designated cubicles and work alongside colleagues in a collaborative environment, they are likely to be more productive—or so was the objective.
However, several studies in recent times have underlined the detrimental effects of open office plans. Among the biggest reasons cited for this are an increased level of distraction and loss of worker privacy. These studies also found that open office plans made workers more stressed, sicker, and thereby reduced job satisfaction.