Stories, True and Otherwise

Stories, True and Otherwise

BEHIND OPEN DOORS

MODERN IN DENVER COVER STORY | SPRING 2017

The open office has been around in one form or another since the 1960s, but thanks to a 21st century resurgence, the concept has gone mainstream. Startups ignited the shift largely out of necessity, but organizations of all stripes and sizes have embraced the shift in pursuit of heightened collaboration—not to mention the strategic leveraging of stratospheric real estate costs.

By some estimates, 70% of all offices now boast an open floorplan. The average worker now spends less than half their time sitting at an assigned desk. Communal work environments offer tons of upside, but studies show these gains often come at one big expense: privacy.

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