To test this out, the researchers over at Molekule took a volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor to both a modern office cubicle and an old jail cell at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. A lot of VOCs are harmless, but some have been shown to be damaging to human health, which is why air-ventilation is so important.
Don't worry, this isn't a definitive study on the air quality of workspaces - there are no control groups and no analysis of what type of VOCs are present in each space. But it definitely makes you think a little more about what you're breathing in at work.
Video produced by Molekule.