Many companies, especially startups, boast about their open office design. They’ll tell you this openness fosters innovation and encourages collaboration. Susan Cain isn’t convinced, however. An authority on quiet people, she is sometimes referred to as the “champion of introverts.” Her latest introvert empowering project is a partnership with Steelchase, designer and manufacturer of office furniture. In this latest venture, she is assisting them in designing office space which provides private oases in otherwise open office space. According to her, this open space can stifle creativity and add distractions for some people who prefer quiet, private spaces. By adding these private spaces, an office will be better suited to handle all personality types, and increase overall productivity.