Susan Cain’s “Quiet”: Open plan offices

“Open plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated and insecure. Open plan workers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and elevated stress levels and to get the flu; they argue more with their colleagues; they worry about co-workers eavesdropping on their phone calls and spying on their computer screens. They have fewer personal conversations with colleagues. They’re often subject to loud and uncontrollable noise, which raises heart rate: releases cortisol, the body’s fight or flight “stress” hormone; and makes people socially distant, quick to anger: aggressive, and slow to help others.”

From Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts that Can’t Stop Talking”, Broadway Books 2013

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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