Cubicles used to be the norm in the workplace. In the last 10 or 15 years, though, many offices have switched to open plan. Now, about 70 percent of office workers spend their days in an open office.
The popularity of the open layout grew as the tech startups in Silicon Valley grew. Their open office plans were mostly a result of their initial lack of funds and furniture, but other businesses started to associate open office spaces with the creativity and innovation of tech startups. More and more businesses started adopting the open layout to increase collaboration and inventiveness.
If you're trying to decide between an open layout and a cubicle layout for your workplace, it's important to consider the pros and cons of each plan.