Gone are the days when majority of office spaces had rows of cubicles, with each cubicle securing a personal space for employees. Today, open plan offices are more common where employees have shared spaces. Over years, there have been extensive debates around personal and shared spaces in offices. Advocates of open plan offices suggest that such designs create a positive and collaborative work environment and promote creativity and innovation. However, others suggest that open plan offices increase distractions, reduce productivity and increase sick leaves taken by employees. Workspace designs have a strong impact on employee productivity as well as wellbeing and organizations are actually making efforts to maximize these. Although there are some downsides of working in an open plan office, the benefits are so prominent that more and more organizations are opting for open floors plans. However, one important thing to remember is that even if you choose to have an open space plan for your office, your design should be optimal or else the downsides would outweigh the benefits.