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A Case for the Workplace Cocoon

Yet another covetable anti-open office format invention

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There aren’t enough impassioned op-eds nor time in the day to accurately convey how much I loathe the open office format. It sabotages productivity and privacy, enabling free roaming coworkers to ensnare you in long-winded stories and paranoid bosses to butt into whatever is or isn’t on your screen. And despite being proven largely ineffective and distracting, companies keep eagerly knocking down the walls, clumping workers together often with little thought given to what individual workers need to succeed and touting “transparency” and “collaboration” above all.

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Your Office Is Getting Smaller

The average space per worker has shrunk drastically. Get ready to rub elbows with your coworkers.

Do you feel like the walls of your cubicle are closing in on you? They are. The average office is getting progressively smaller:

In the 1970s, American corporations typically thought they needed 500 to 700 square feet per employee to build an effective office. Today's average is a little more than 200 square feet per person, and the space allocation could hit a mere 50 square feet by 2015,

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