This is that rare occasion where I will jump in to contradict comment! I don’t like open offices, but “formal force matched mentoring programs” (or, as I think of them, structured mentoring programs) are invaluable for people whose background makes them a minority in their field. Yes, it seems stupid to someone who can readily find a network of shared experience. But if you’re from an underrepresented group in your field, a structured mentorship can illuminate the hidden perks and penalties of being different — not to mention that it helps expand networks and accelerate professional growth. So yeah. Open offices: distracting and weird. Structured mentoring: totally worth it.