It was a year
marked by political and social unrest here and abroad.
also the birth year of that symbol of modern workplace dysfunction chronicled
in Scott Adams' wildly popular Dilbert comic strip- the office cubicle.
highlighted in this Fortune retrospective entitled Cubicles:
The Great Mistake,
even the cubicle's inventor - the late Robert Propst - came to rue the
economical office system he thought would increase the productivity of "a
growing breed of white-collar workers, whose job titles fell between secretary
and boss." With a nod to the Dilbertvilles he inspired, he openly admitted his
"contribution to 'monolithic insanity.'"
this admission, Propst might have foreseen the current shift in workplace
culture away from worker isolation and towards flexible teamwork, open communication
and ongoing collaboration. Perhaps he also knew what recent studies have
confirmed: A well-designed office boosts employee morale, engagement and
Let's face it, we all secretly, or
not so secretly cheered during the movie Office Space when the lead character "takes
it to the man" by knocking down his cubicle wall with the help of a power
drill. The look of accomplishment on his
face spoke volumes, to office workers and managers alike.
looking into the benefits of redesigning their physical space can start with a
practical tutorial on How to Build a Better Office that walks you through
these key steps:
inspiration, you can virtually tour office spaces designed
to optimize collaboration, including Microsoft's cool
research facility, Building 99. Among the featured redesign
also gain some insight from this Fast Company slideshow of 10 Workspaces That Inspire Creativity and this image gallery of
the Best and Worst Workplace Design.
by Carly Fadako
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