Once again last night I couldn't sleep.
It wasn't insomnia.
It was the awful beginnings of a chest cold.
Which I blamed, immediately, on the woman sitting to my right who has been sick but in the office next to me, since the beginning of 2014.
"The New Yorker," yes, "The New Yorker," had an article recently called "The Open Office Trap." You can read it here.
The article claims that "70% of offices now have an open floor plan." That despite studies that employees in open plans "suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell."
The article goes on of course, as "New Yorker" articles do. It details the negative effects open-plan offices have on our health, our productivity and our morale.
The plutocrats who run our businesses can say what they want about open plans.
And I'll still say this.
The only plan they're planning for is more money in their bank accounts.