Open concept offices disrupt brainwaves: StudyBut communication around process, soundproofing help workers adapt, say expertsBy Sarah Dobson09/12/2011|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/11/2011 There have been several studies debating the merits of open-space offices, touching on issues such as privacy, productivity and job satisfaction. A more recent look in the United Kingdom took a somewhat scientific approach to confirm these suspicions. In the TV program The Secret Life of Buildings, TV presenter and architectural historian Tom Dyckhoff wore a special cap that measured brainwaves. When he worked in a busy, open concept layout with everyday distractions, the computer measured intense bursts of interruption.“Open-plan offices were designed with the idea that people can move around and interact freely to promote creative thinking and better problem-solving. But it doesn’t work like that,” said Jack Lewis, a neuroscientist who carried out the test. “If you are just getting into some work and a phone goes off in the background, it ruins what you are concentrating on.”In the end, Dyckhoff said he could never work in an open-plan office again. So are employers on the wrong path when it comes to incorporating an open design? To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.