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Your Office Could Be Making You Sick

A personal office would be a dream come true for many of us — living the good life with the door closed! OK, so having an office wouldn't solve every workplace qualm, but research shows that your argument for one could be stronger than you may have thought.

There are plenty of factors that make us irritable at work, and it turns out that the layout of our offices could be partially to blame. Research has shown that the lack of personal space that's a given with open-plan offices "caused high levels of stress, conflict, high blood pressure and a high staff turnover." Besides high blood pressure, research suggested that workers in open-plan settings are more prone to exhaustion and the flu.

Worker productivity can take a hit with this type of layout because noisy co-workers break concentration. Researchers added insecurity as another reason why open-plan offices aren't good for employees — everyone can see what's happening on your computer screen and what you're saying on the phone. What are your feelings toward the way your office is set up?

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