Open, flexible offices used to be all the rage. They promised to increase collaboration and communication, and make people more accessible. But many employees found it hard to concentrate in the noisy, distracting surroundings created by these environments. Now, studies show that open offices are producing the opposite effect of what was intended—employees are actually less likely to interact, whether it’s because they ignore digital messages, increasingly work away from their desks or tune out the world around them with headphones, for example. What kind of environment do you work in, and what kind of environment do you work best in and why?