Discussions such as these are based on the false assumption that productivity, employee retention, and cost drive office layout shemes. Instead, the purpose is for executives to be seen as superior to the regular employees, *in particular* the high performance individual contributors. HPE's are to be shown off and bragged about like one's fine art collection but must be perceived as a servant, or better yet, an inanimate object. When an executive is hosting guests, his importance must be perceived to be as high as possible, and this means having an office that's seen to have far more comfort, luxury, and exclusivity than everyone else. If productivity is reduced, so be it, since the executive will have long since collected his bonus and moved on to the next company.