Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Nikil Saval

You suggest this position we visit 5 days per week has a heritage? Cubed finds the unexplored but fantastic tale of the areas the place many of the world's work--our work--gets performed. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The place of work, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is an engaging, frequently humorous, and occasionally aggravating anatomy of the white-collar global and the way it got here to be how it is--and what it will probably become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks labored in small, dank areas referred to as "counting-houses." those have been all-male enclaves, the place paintings was once simply bureaucracy. so much american citizens thought of clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." however the shaggy dog story was once on them: because the nice old shifts from agricultural to commercial economies happened, after which from business to info economies, the association of the office advanced besides them--and the clerks took over. workplaces grew to become rationalized, designed for either better potency within the accomplishments of clerical paintings and the enhancement of employee productiveness. girls entered the place of work by means of the hundreds of thousands, and revolutionized the social international from inside. Skyscrapers packed with place of work house got here to tower over towns all over the place. Cubed opens our eyes to what's a very "secret history" of alterations so seen and ubiquitous that we've not often spotted them. From the wood-paneled government suite to the arrival of the booths the place 60% of american citizens now paintings (and ninety three% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant destiny the place we would paintings at any place at any time (and possibly the entire time), Cubed excavates from well known books, videos, comedian strips (Dilbert!), and an enormous quantity of administration literature and company heritage, the explanations why our places of work are the best way they are--and how they could be greater.

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