Open offices? September 18, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Planet Money podcast discussed the invention of the open plan office. This was meant to be a successor from cubicle style offices.
It’s odd, there’s all this talk about 1994 and that being the date of the invention of the ‘open office’. Which strikes me as curious, because in 1990 I was working with London Underground in Acton in an open plan office. And the history of same as wiki notes dates back a century or more.
The same was true with regards to a much hated international media giant I would wind up working for an arm of in that same city shortly after. Nor does the ‘paperless’ tag really resonate. Again, there was much talk of that from the 1960s onwards.
Of course such office formats are all very popular with a certain brand of conservative politician, we saw the calls for same in our own PS across the last five or ten years – and quite deliberate comparisons with call centres in some instances.
Wiki does note one further evolution in more recent times, or rather two, hotdesking and hoteling. Got to wonder. The wiki page offers no advantages to open plan offices and a raft of disadvantages.
What do others think?