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Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

The Washington Post - Lindsey Kaufman works in advertising and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her personal essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Our Town Downtown and xoJane.

A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me standing in my …

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