There’s something of a trend war going on today in office layout. Tenants of course want the most from their expensive space, but what does “most” really mean? Before the rise of the Silicon Valley-style open floor plan layout craze inspired by Google and the like, getting the most from office square footage meant cramming as many cubicles as possible near traditional conference rooms and corner offices with doors.
But cubicles are no longer vogue and doors are often enough seen as hindrances to “collaboration”. Some workflows in some industries do benefit from a layout that encourages semi-random encounters between teams, but others — perhaps those not quite as high-tech — suffer. In a digitally-enabled world where even law offices are rethinking what it means to have floor space — and taking up less of it with giant law libraries of “dead tree” (paper) — to where do all these rethink sessions point?
I’m pretty sure it’s not in this direction…thankfully!. Enjoy this satire of an announcement memo from an office re-layout project gone awry, courtesy of Kelsey Rexroat at upscale humor site McSweeney’s. NOTE: Don’t drink coffee while reading. It’s funny enough that you might accidentally spew on your monitor.
- You will no longer have access to instant messaging, which leads to private, non-collaborative conversations. If you need to communicate with another employee without leaving your workstation, stand up and address them with your supplied megaphone.
Read the whole thing at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Let’s Take This Open Floor Plan to the Next Level..