Research by Dr Rachel Morrison from the AUT Business School questions whether open plan offices promote collaboration and conversation.
The study, mentioned in a CNNMoney article, found they had the opposite effect on women, who said they feel watched and monitored due to the absence of physical barriers found in a traditional office environment.
Dr Morrison says that there’s an unconscious bias toward the way that people work.
"There's an assumption that people want constant contact with each other all the time, that people don't mind being viewed, that people can negotiate that status without really having to think too much about it — and those are all quite masculine perspectives."
Read the full article on the CNNMoney website.