Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
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    Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace (English, Hardcover, Nikil Saval)

    Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace  (English, Hardcover, Nikil Saval)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
    • ISBN: 9780385536578, 0385536577
    • Edition: 2014
    • Pages: 368
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    You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? 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 steno pool 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 clerks worked in small, dank spaces called “counting-houses.” These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn’t do “real work.” But the joke was on them: 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—and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere. 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 wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Doubleday
    • Publication Year
      • 2014 May
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Nikil Saval
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 1.35 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 9.5 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 0.51 inch
    • Weight
      • 1.56 Pounds (US)
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    The book covers the development of white-collar or office work since the beginning of twentieth century. Contribution of F.W.Taylor whose idea of division between planning and doing led to the establishment of offices and his follower Leffingwell and others are covered. A whole chapter 'The white-blouse revolution' covers and role of women in offices and different aspects of this development. Design and layout of offices are covered albeit to an unnecessarily long extent. Virtual offices, pap...
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