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Wildbit’s Chris Nagele spoke to BBC about why open offices suck

The Philly-based tech founder shared his controversial opinion in a BBC trend piece.

This private office at Wildbit may make you jealous. (Courtesy photo)

We already knew Wildbit cofounder Chris Nagele disliked open offices. But now he went and told the BBC.

“Many people agree — they can’t stand the open office,” Nagele shared with the media outlet’s business-oriented product, BBC Capital. “They never get anything done and have to do more work at home.”

In 2015, Negele moved the company to a 10,000 square foot space in the 200 block of Chestnut Street after trying the open floor plan thing in a smaller space on N3rd Street .

The trend piece hints at growing unrest among those of us in offices with open floor plans. An author quoted by the BBC said the push for sharing space does not lead to more work-related interaction.

“People do talk to each other more, but they don’t talk to each other more about work-related things,” said environmental and design psychologist Sally Augustin.

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