Over two years, researchers from Harvard Business School and Cornerstone OnDemand, observed the seating plan changes of 2,000 people at an unidentified company. People’s productivity was measured by how quickly tasks were completed. According to the study, the more productive people seated together, the better for others’ productivity, effectiveness and quality of work. The reverse was true for those sitting near “toxic” workers. The researcher’s solution to open office plans? Seat high-productivity employees who generally produce lower-quality work styles near slower paced people who generate high-quality work - the positive effects of each style will rub off on others.
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