The Cubicle is on its way out …

5th January, 2012 - Posted by Jeffrey S. Weil, MCR.h, SIOR - No Comments

cubicles have come a long way from the first “personalized space” with movable walls surrounding a desk to the sleek models we see today with everything wired to the hilt, lots of overhead bins and movable drawers, flexible “stuff”, and even private offices made out of cubicles  (without a ceiling) … but now with iPads, laptops, cloud storage and anywhere and anyplace employees don’t necessarily have to be tied to one specific workspace … and companies like the direction this is headed, with less space required per employee, in some cases going from 225 square feet per person down to 135 square feet per person while at the same time increasing informal meeting areas … (credit to John Campbell for these thoughts, he can be contacted at  jcampbell@franciscauffman.com) … Younger employees who are use to collaboration find the traditional cubicle stifling …  and as Mr. Campbell concludes in an article published in TodaysFacilityManager November 2011 “ … It’s clear that facility managers are finding that cubicles may impede business needs,  and these corporate cornerstones may soon be a relic of the past.”

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