AirTalk for May 6, 2014

'Cubed' delves into the history and 'Dilbertization' of modern workplaces

"Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace" by Nikil Saval explores how modern workplaces developed.

Does sitting in your cubicle make you feel claustrophobic or powerless?  Nikil Saval’s new book “Cubed” takes a look at the evolution of the modern office and why cubicles are so prevalent. Beginning in the nineteenth century, Saval tries to sift through the development of early “counting-houses” to the modern cubicle.

Saval examines how workspaces impact employees by analyzing history, films, books, and ideologies that have contributed to ‘the office’ as we know it.

Do workspaces contribute to a significant change in employee’s mood? Should more offices drop the cubicle for a more open floor concept? Would you be happier leaving your cubicle and working in a more open floor plan?


Nikil Saval, Author"Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace;" Saval is also an editor of n+1 -  print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly.


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