Putting him in a place where everyone can see his screen is tanatamount to an open-office arrangement. And in spite of the fact that open-offices are in vogue, they reduce productivity and, ironically, create distance amongst coworkers.
Employees in cubicles receive 29% more interruptions than those in private offices, finds research from the University of California, Irvine. And employees who are interrupted frequently report 9% higher rates of exhaustion.
While cubicles are a fact of life for many workers, open offices increase the number of interruptions tenfold and therefore amplify the exhaustion factor.
At the last magazine I worked for, everyone had offices. We’d pop into each other’s offices, at first to ask a question or work out some problem, and soon, because nobody could hear us, we’d transition into long and personal conversations. Many people there became close, treasured friends, and awesome collaborators.
But out in the open? It’s far harder to get to know coworkers—and that personal connection is important. "Serendipity" isn’t a matter of matched-up ideas. It’s a matter of knowing how another person thinks. That’s the kind of stuff you learn by getting personal, and that’s not something I want to do out in the open.
If you need to discipline this coworker, put him on a performance plan, or even fire him, then do so. But if you aspire to have this person make meaningful contributions to your team, then please, do not put a dunce cap on him so that everyone can see his screen. That reeks of grammar school and is counter-productive for the reasons I've articulated.