I have worked in a wide variety of environments. I have been in a "cube farm" a few times, had a private office, worked at a desk in an open floor, shared a large office with another person, and worked from home. I think that there are advantages and disadvantages to each option, but in my experience, the more private the space is, the more work I accomplish.
I believe that in many situations, the productivity loss from less expensive office layouts is often more than the amount of money the company saves. What type of environment helps you get your job done the best? Take the poll.
J.JaDisclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.