Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - The Washington Post

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - The Washington Post:

This is a great article about the "open air" cubicle farm for workers. Or "fish bowl" for employees.

Telecommuting would help this work better. If someone has a real deadline and real work that needs to be done, they could work at home. Try to schedule meetings priority days so people who need to meet can all be on campus on specific days of the week (or month).

Productivity will go up. Huge amounts of savings will occur for everyone, and employees will be a whole lot happier. Wait until we really hit full employment and watch the fish start to migrate to better working conditions. (Economists used to think that 6% was full employment, now 5%. Moving past full employment tends to produce wage inflation as the only available human resources can be obtained by enticing talent from a friendly competitor.)

Teleworking might save the fishbowl, but it seems likely that the fishbowl has cracks.

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