Like almost everyone in Silicon Valley, I work in an open plan office. There isn't a single assigned office. Simply a big space filled with desks, circled by meeting rooms. We call it The Library.
In this video by Vox, you'll discover how we got to where we are today. From the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright to soulless bean counters and their spreadsheets. Many of Wright's design considerations have subsequently been lost, or worse, corrupted.
So perhaps the issue isn't open plan, but poorly planned.
If you care about your office environment — and you should — take a few minutes to watch the vid. If you can avoid an environment where everyone works with headphones on, it'll be a big win for your company's growth.