Camille Ames, workplace strategist at Vocon Camille Ames, workplace strategist atVocon

Some version of “the office” has existed since the Middle Ages.Individuals have been leaving their homes and traveling to adifferent workspace for the better part of a millennia, but mostpoint to the early 20th century as the beginning of the officespace we now recognize. The theory behind the traditional officeformat considered time management and the division of labor, andoffice design developed into an open plan bullpen space to maximizeproductivity.

The widely reviled office cubicle, created by designer RobertPropst in 1968, was a turning point in office design. His cubicledesigns, which were adjustable and intended to be designed aroundthe needs of the office, were developed in response to Europe'sgrowing trend of the open office plan. The Action Office wasoriginally designed as a way to free office workers from thedreaded open office, but instead it led to the beginning of the“cube farm.” The design, when configured into a box with raisedpanel heights, was a cheap way to pack as many employees aspossible into a small space.

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