While some opponents to the open office say that it decreases productivity, the benefits to coworker relationships outweighs the bad for us. Every member of staff has face-to-face interaction with not just their colleagues but also the business owners thus fostering the sense of equality in the company. Staff get to know their coworkers as actual people and not names on an email chain so when one worker gets recognition for a job well done other staff members are more likely to react positively than with jealousy. Also, if one coworker gets recognition above the others in an open office this can be accomplished without leaving your desk instead of organizing a meeting or party which can make other colleagues envious. An open office leads to open communication generating more openness with emotions and less jealous behavior.
Contributors: Petr Marek from Invoice Home