Whenever Ben walks by, he comments on the design work prominently display on your monitor; he typically thinks you need to move everything to be center-aligned. Jane, with the constant cough, believes that the secret to convincing a client that an idea is brilliant is to speak above a normal decibel level. And Susan's mom packs her lunch, which usually includes some form of meat that smells like a hot dog wrapped in ham.
Sharing an open office can be "revealing" for employees in many ways, but the main goal of these no-wall floor plans is to increase creativity and collaboration.
This is why so many agencies are renovating and revising their offices to create more open spaces.
Havas Chicago recently spent $10 million dollars to renovate its office, an 81,000-square-foot space that houses 450 employees. In creating its new digs, the company got rid of all offices and included more communal work spaces. The agency now occupies two floors, instead of three.