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Randy, When I began my career in IT, I started out in an environment where low walls separated each worker. Although I have a good ability to concentrate in a noisy environment, I found it distracting to hear conversations all around me. When I was switched to a private office, my productivity improved. Now that I manage people, I've periodically wondered about workspace and whether or not those who have trouble with self-motivation would be more compelled to remain productive if their computer screen could be viewed by anyone walking by. With the internet providing a constant temptation for distraction, private offices are probably a dream come true to those prone to slacking. So, I think your good employees would benefit from private offices and your problem children from an open environment. I'd work to accommodate the good workers and go with private offices. Theresa Missouri State University Coordinator of MIS
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