Millions of us spend hours there every day. They can be noisy, distracting and sometimes smelly. There can be squabbles over food, telephone ring tones, even how loudly you stir your coffee. So why are there so many companies jumping aboard the open concept office bandwagon? By 2015 it will be an everyday reality for three quarters of North American workplaces. Advocates say fewer doors will lead to greater collaboration between employees. Critics say it's all driven by bottom line economics — crowding more people into smaller spaces saves money. So does it make sense? Is it for everyone? Office rookie Peter Keleghan will take us on an enlightening voyage of discovery as he tries to understand this world, with its new rules of engagement.