Ah, yes, this reminded me of when I worked in a completely open floor plan with 20+ other engineers (because collaboration!) and some music would be playing on external speakers. Some engineers put on headphones (without music necessarily - just to cancel noise), which had the reverse effect on collaboration. It was the most unhealthy environment I've been in.
I totally see your point!
I don't work in an open space (I couldn't). We're only 3 in my office, but we need to talk very often with my team mates, and not only about work :)
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