Research on Lawyers In Open Plan Offices?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about open plan office:

Is there any research on the productivity of in-house attorneys in open plan office environments versus traditional closed offices?

Signed, Planning

Dear Planning:

There are a number of sites that refer to one or two studies and studied opinions about open plan offices. You can find them in a quick search. However, none seem to refer to attorneys specifically. A legal secretary asked me the same question the other day, since her office is switching to open plans for secretaries and smaller offices for attorneys. I couldn’t find anything specifically about that either.There might be some information through national organizations in the legal field. Or, you may be able to find unscientific but real-world information by contacting some of the larger law offices with which you’re familiar. Writing to a magazine that serves the profession may produce some information as well.

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