Finding Focus

May 27, 2020

Finding Focus

A new Steelcase study, conducted in consultation with the University of Wisconsin – Madison found that providing cocoons of visual privacy was enough to help people focus within noisy open offices.

News outlets worldwide pan the open office, claiming that it’s stressing us out with too much distraction and too little privacy. The data tell a slightly different story — providing more areas of visual privacy can mitigate some of the distractions that frustrate people at work. When organizations balance the needs of individuals with the needs of teams, the open plan can be an environment where everyone thrives.

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