The rise of tech startups in the early 2000s brought with it the rise of the open-concept office in the United States. According to Fortune Magazine, the plan was originally a 1950s German design that Americans were slow to adopt. Open offices are intended to cultivate an environment of cooperation and creativity, with ideas flowing freely and no walls to block them. Soon, the concept spread from startups to larger, corporate environments. [caption id="attachment_1202" align="aligncenter" width="625"] A desktop privacy panel subtly conceals a workstation[/caption] But with open offices come unique obstacles. While an open workstation layout is great for fostering teamwork for group projects and brainstorming sessions, employees focus at least half of their time on individual work. These offices can be full of distractions. With no auditory barriers, an open office environment can be noisier than traditional offices. And some employees find the lack of visual barrier to be distracting and detract from privacy - who hasn't been a little protective of their work space from wandering coworker's eyes? As open office spaces become more prevalent, so does the desire for workstation privacy. [caption id="attachment_1203" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Work Forts allow you to create privacy while maintaining an open flow[/caption] Versare offers a solution to distracted office workers: Work Forts. With these customizable desktop privacy partitions, employees can build a series of privacy panels to enclose or divide work spaces without impeding the open-office flow. With the two included brackets per Work Fort, each privacy panel can attach to a tabletop or desktop between 3/4" and 2” thick without the use of permanent hardware or damage to the surface. They can be easily attached—or detached—quickly, allowing work spaces to be altered to fit teams or projects of varying sizes. [caption id="attachment_1204" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Enclose yourself affordably with these sound-dampening privacy panels[/caption] Available in 3 shapes and over 20 acoustical fabric options, Work Forts provide a truly customizable way to provide workstation privacy or divide desk space. Work Forts provide high-quality noise reduction without impairing visibility, thus preserving the collaborative environment.