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Then put those people in open office plan, and give developers offices.

THIS. Fact is, mixing number crunchers with sales folk is the crux of the problem. If light/personal conversation took place away from the work area, both open offices and cubes would be much more productive and pleasant.

The essence of making workspaces work is minimizing distractions. Any layout can work if you take the chatter ELSEWHERE.

Then it's unfair to the others :)

If you're worried about fairness why pay the developers $300k and pay the other people some much smaller fraction of that?

Others might not know you're getting 300k man

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