It's the incredible shrinking dot-com workspace. Just start spreading eight guys around that desk -- you do the math.
The executive workspaces at my current employer are smaller than the just-out-of-school grunt cubette I had in 1993, at a relatively unenlightened employer. 6' x 8' with 6' walls.
Of course, I was spoiled at my prior assignment, contracting at an old-school biotech company in Palo Alto -- had my own freakin' office, at least for a good portion of the time. Like, four walls, a door, and glass to the outside. Current workspace is an 'L' measuring roughly 6' diagonally, though I'm spoiled with an additional six feet spanning off of it due to a shared workspace and and empty workstation to left and right, respectively.
What really gripes me though are low cube walls, ~4.5'. This means:
- No sound blocking. The office seats fifteen people, with a fair bit of through traffic. Between conferences, phone calls, and programmer swearing, it gets loud.
- No shelves or bins. This is really annoying -- I can work late (early afternoon to late evening) to avoid noise, but I don't get shelves magically at 6pm. Hey, guess what, it's really nice to have a place to stash stuff out of sight....
- No privacy. If I need to talk to someone, take a call, have a meeting, I'm disturbing everyone else. PITA.
Karsten M. Self
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