Research: Women feel uncomfortable in open plan workspaces

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Publish Date
Monday, 9 July 2018, 5:57PM
Research shows that men prefer the open plan spaces more than women. (Photo / Getty)

Open plan workplaces are becoming more common, but this isn't benefiting everyone.

New research from AUT has found men embrace open plan offices more than women.

Now researchers are calling on people who use open plan workspaces to understand how to effectively implement the technique.

Researcher Rachel Morrison told Chris Lynch employers need to be more aware that women are conscious of being observed when in open plan workspaces.

"Women fell other people's gaze in a more impacted way, so things like presenteeism will impact women more than men in those open spaces where they are being watched."

She says women were using different words to describe open plan offices.

"Quite a few people are using language like being monitored, being observed, being accountable, being watched."

 

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