Break Out of the Cube to Increase Employee Productivity

"Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements." -- Peter Gibbons in the movie Office Space, as portrayed by actor Ron Livingston. Most modern offices consist of open-format workspaces designed to encourage collaboration and sociability. This sounds reasonable enough...until you remember two inconvenient facts. First, external distractions tend to limit worker productivity, and second, open offices provide a constant stream of distractions. Nevertheless, businesses often put office-workers on display in cubicle mazes, overseen by a few managers in private offices. Walls (if they exist at all) rise just high enough to provide an illusion of … [Read more...]