The trend toward open plan offices continues to gather momentum as companies such as Google, eBay, Goldman Sachs and American Express tear down partitions and open up work space within their offices.

In the United States, more than 70 per cent of offices now have no or low partitions, according to the International Facilities Management Association. Whilst the most immediate benefit of such environments obviously revolves around the ability of organisations to minimise space requirements and therefore occupancy costs, proponents of this…