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(The Atlantic)   "Why do people willingly work in cubicles when the fabric boxes make them so miserable?" Well, probably because it was a better option than running a Walmart cash register   ( ) divider line
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5977 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Apr 2014 at 5:35 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-04-15 12:19:22 AM  
7 votes:
You see this relationship between power and design throughout the history of the office: in the early clerical offices (think Bartleby, the Scrivener or Scrooge's office in A Christmas Carol)

I would prefer not to.
2014-04-15 06:47:43 AM  
3 votes:
2014-04-15 12:25:30 AM  
3 votes:
fta open-plan offices diminish very few of the problems associated with cubicle-ridden offices, and in some cases they augment them.

When I was a cube farmer, I enjoyed the fact that management was detached from daily operations and shuttered away behind doors. I loved that I could scratch, pick, and fart with relative anonymity. I loved that we lowly grunts could stop, collaborate, and listen and overcome managerial obstacles to achieving company goals. But now i go crop dusting about every 10 minutes because my ego and self aggrandizement are paramount.
2014-04-15 09:01:08 AM  
2 votes:
Cube life is all about who you're commiserating working with. I've had the good fortune of some awesome coworkers at my current job, including this one for the past five years, directly behind me:

/April Fool's prank on coworker by their sibling
//his reign will end in a couple weeks, sob
///but telecommuting is on the horizon
2014-04-15 08:19:06 AM  
2 votes:
when the fark will you sheep revolt, and take our gold back from the rich fat cats who are laughing at us? for farks it is way way past time.

Good God, man, do you know what you're asking for?
2014-04-15 05:44:05 AM  
2 votes:

Skr: Pretty easy to personalize your Cube. Heck, get a mini fridge for under the desk and you'll never need to go home.

No unauthorized appliances!  That's one demerit.
2014-04-15 05:42:09 AM  
2 votes:

some_beer_drinker: when the fark will you sheep revolt, and take our gold back from the rich fat cats who are laughing at us? for farks it is way way past time.

You are a troublemaker. I like you.
2014-04-15 12:34:16 AM  
2 votes:
Fabric-walled booths are very difficult to mop
2014-04-15 02:37:43 PM  
1 vote:

Deep Contact: I used to like making a loud noise in the cube room and watch people play prairie dog.

We used to "Ping Pong"  our good for nothing manager.  someone would ask him a question, and just as he'd finish up the answer someone on the other side of the aisle would ask another innoxious question and he'd trot over to pontificate about it, then someone on the other side would ask another question...the goal was to see how long we could bounce this idoit from cubicle to cubicle. One morning we kept the volley going for ove an hour.

 "Joel, is the food truck going to be here today?"

"Oh Joel, do you think I should delete this email from my friend?"

"Joel, why is our company called " ABC software?"

/good times.
2014-04-15 10:38:04 AM  
1 vote:
The two guys in the cubicles adjacent to me switched to the stand up desk fad a while back, so I have these creepy little heads peering down on me all the time.
2014-04-15 08:38:23 AM  
1 vote:

stratagos: kqc7011: Here is a picture of my leg and foot while working.
Office work, blarghhh.

So you're in an open space environment?

Free range worker. Nice!
2014-04-15 07:35:52 AM  
1 vote:
I never thought I'd miss the 8x8 cube with the 7 foot high walls my first job at the company provided....until the next step "up"(?) the ladder where I had a 7x7 with 3.5 foot high walls in a more open environment on the other side of town.

Now I'm in my 10th year of fully remote work, with the door to my basement ten feet away and the fridge & TV close at hand.

/I hope I stay on this career path...I could never go back into a traditional office setting.
//Then I'd have to shower every day
///And stop farting every five minutes.
////And the porn.  The sweet, beautiful porn.
2014-04-15 06:51:42 AM  
1 vote:
Because they pay me to. I certainly wouldn't do it for free.
2014-04-15 06:47:19 AM  
1 vote:

some_beer_drinker: when the fark will you sheep revolt, and take our gold back from the rich fat cats who are laughing at us? for farks it is way way past time.

When will you shepherd us to the killing fields?  When will you slit the throats of some of the moneyed to incite our murderous frenzy?   It is spring, and grass grows thickest when fed by blood choking with cholesterol.
2014-04-15 06:18:16 AM  
1 vote:
Where I work, they're re-building all of the floors of the main building: bright, new cubicles for those who work in the office and an open-space area for remote workers who have to come in once or twice a week. I've used that open-space area. Essentially, it's a very long table with phone, electrical, and network connectivity every few feet along both sides of the table. Basically, remote workers come in with their laptops and plug in where they can stare at the person directly across from them. I assume this is what people are referring to as an open-space design.

I'll take my cubicle with it's three walls and ginormous monitor, thank you very much.

Apparently, whoever designed the new office space didn't take into account that hard, flat surfaces reflect sound. My new cubicle is directly across from the break room, which has lots of cabinets with hard, flat, shiny surfaces. Nothing in that room absorbs sound in any way. Essentially, I'm sitting directly across from a loudspeaker. I'm sitting there one afternoon talking to a co-worker (she was facing me with her back to the break room) when someone else walked into the break room and farted. LOUDLY. It resonated. People have no awareness of their surroundings.
2014-04-15 06:02:40 AM  
1 vote:
Willingly and out of necessity are not the same.
2014-04-15 05:53:24 AM  
1 vote:
..and they're all made out of ticky-tacky
and thy all look just the same,
2014-04-15 05:40:03 AM  
1 vote:
Let's in a cubicle or sleep under a bridge.  Tough choice.

/says the guy who's last office was bigger than most NYC apartments.
2014-04-15 03:14:55 AM  
1 vote:
when the fark will you sheep revolt, and take our gold back from the rich fat cats who are laughing at us? for farks it is way way past time.
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