By Nikil Saval
You suggest this position we visit 5 days per week has a heritage? Cubed finds the unexplored but astonishing tale of the locations the place lots 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 interesting, usually humorous, and occasionally nerve-racking anatomy of the white-collar global and the way it got here to be how it is--and what it may well become.
In the mid-nineteenth century clerks labored in small, dank areas known as "counting-houses." those have been all-male enclaves, the place paintings was once simply forms. so much americans thought of clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." however the shaggy dog story used to be on them: because the nice historic shifts from agricultural to commercial economies came about, after which from commercial to info economies, the association of the office developed in addition to them--and the clerks took over. workplaces turned rationalized, designed for either better potency within the accomplishments of clerical paintings and the enhancement of employee productiveness. girls entered the workplace through the hundreds of thousands, and revolutionized the social global from inside. Skyscrapers jam-packed with place of work house got here to tower over towns far and wide. Cubed opens our eyes to what's a very "secret history" of adjustments so visible and ubiquitous that we've rarely spotted them. From the wood-paneled government suite to the arrival of the compartments 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 maybe all of the time), Cubed excavates from renowned books, video clips, comedian strips (Dilbert!), and an enormous quantity of administration literature and enterprise background, the explanations why our places of work are the best way they are--and how they may be larger.
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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval