Offices may become a distant memory once the wide-open workplace comes to town.
The dotcom era seemed to usher in the wide-open workplace-with everyone from CEOs to interns working in the same space. That begs the question: Shall we proclaim the cube dead?
Elizabeth Scanlon Bils, 32, adopted a "no offices" policy when she founded her PR agency, Scanlon Corporate Communications, in 1998. She and her eight employees sat at desks grouped together, with Scanlon Bils in the middle. But, she says, "I did notice [my employees] needed a little more space to think on their own." In the company's new Chicago loft space, low walls offer more privacy.
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