Through the history of work, offices have taken all shapes and sizes. One of the more recent trends has focused on open offices, which are supposed to drive communication and collaboration, as well as a push toward a more level office work place.

It’s a trend with staying power, too: Almost three-fourths of all employees work in such an office. But do open offices work?

Like anything in business, there are plusses and minuses to open office plans. They do encourage collaboration and learning. They do cut costs and boost daily enhancements such as light flow. But open offices have their drawbacks, too.

Here are some ways to gauge differences between the two.

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