Cubed A Secret History of the Workplace

ISBN-10: 0385536577
ISBN-13: 9780385536578
Edition: 2014
Authors: Nikil Saval
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Description: You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Yes it does, and Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work--our work--gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/22/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Yes it does, and Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work--our work--gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the wood-lined corner office to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is--and what it might become.In the mid-nineteenth century clerical workers were called "clerks"--they were all men and they did their paperwork in the corners of dark workspaces and were considered questionable dandies. But as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the era of closed door offices to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it), Cubed excavates from books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!) and a vast amount of stuff you only thought was boring the reasons why the places we do our work are the way they are--and how they might be better.

Nikil Saval is an associate editor of n+1.

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