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I don't think I could handle an open office space. My work requires concentration and I struggle with the "drive-by" interruptions that I get in my office. I seek people out when I need to collaborate, but I like being able to shut my door or work from home when I really need to focus.

Derek makes an important point. Task interference has always been the greatest cause of deficient performance. Since the nature of the work environment is outside the control of the individual employee, it remains management's responsibility to solve.

I have no rigorous proof, but I have long suspected that providing employees with a private office more than pays for the added fixed cost with improved productivity, satisfaction and engagement.

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