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Open-plan offices are making workers sick, say Australian scientists

Jan 14, 2009, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])

"Australian scientists have reviewed a global pool of research into the effect of modern office design, concluding the switch to open-plan has led to lower productivity and higher worker stress.

"The evidence we found was absolutely shocking," researcher Dr Vinesh Oommen from the Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said.

"In 90 per cent of the research, the outcome of working in an open-plan office was seen as negative, with open-plan offices causing high levels of stress, conflict, high blood pressure, and a high staff turnover."

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