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In our recently released 2013 Workplace Survey (WPS), we found that workplace effectiveness has dropped since 2008. As we release these findings, we’ve noticed that many people hear that and make an immediate and intuitive leap—they assume we mean open plan offices don’t work. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, our research shows that effective work can happen in both open and closed environments when designed and managed correctly. Unfortunately, in the aggregate, our workplace data shows that doesn’t appear to be happening for many companies.