Can the modern office work for both introverts and extroverts?

September 24, 2018 Sanjana Saluja

Extroverts often thrive on the hustle and bustle of an open plan office but for introverts looking for a quieter space, modern workplaces can be off-putting. JLL Real Views explores how companies can keep employees with different personality types happy and engaged.

In today’s office, desk dividers have come down. Bosses sit among their employees. Meeting rooms have glass walls.

A major goal of modern workplace design is improved productivity, engagement and innovation. And generally, research shows it works.

But while it might suit extroverts who thrive on the ability to share thoughts across a desk, there are plenty who would prefer some privacy. Only part of any workforce works better in an open-plan office and even some activity-based workspaces, with introverts accounting for between 30 percent to 50 percent of the workforce, according to the research arm of Steelcase, a U.S.-based furniture manufacturer.

Click here to find out how good design help introverts and extroverts both enjoy working in the same office space.

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