It’s in vogue now to tout the benefits of collaboration and the importance of breaking down silos, but employers are seeing a backlash against an overly collaborative work environment that can make a little siloing seem like a relief. Where once a high-achieving lone wolf was celebrated as an employer’s coveted asset, now high-performance teams are more fashionable and sought after. And while workplaces designed with few or no walls have gained popularity in recent years as a way to encourage collaboration, resentment about the arrangement has set in.
Without walls for privacy, workers struggle to maintain focus and may even pine for the good old days when they had their own space, either in an office of their own or a cubicle that provided at least a degree of quiet. And it’s not just the noise and other distractions inherent in an open office that put a strain on productivity. It’s also a feeling that individuals can’t make a move without consulting the team.