Hey, did you know that our cubicles are actually shrinking?? I mean, I've always thought they were---in the 8 times I moved to a new cubicle in the past 6 years---but I chalked it up to my imagination. Apparently I'm not crazy! (No matter what you say...MOM!)
IFMA (International Facility Management Association), a professional association for facility managers, notes that in 1987, the space allocated to an executive office was an average of 291 square feet, but today that figure is down to 241. Senior professionals are also feeling the squeeze, with an average work space of 98 square feet.
Ok so we've all lost 50 square feet since 1987? Oh the HUMANITY!! That's a lot to lose, baby! For Pete's sake, the gray styrofoam walls are literally closing in on us! Add this to the list of reasons why Americans hate their jobs.
But my favorite quote?
But the final, and perhaps most amusing reason the report uses to support an argument that company-sponsored work spaces won't be getting much smaller is that it would be simply impossible. "Space reduction can only be taken to a certain point in which the workspace remains functional," the report reads.
Oh so I WON'T be forced to type in my work order requests from a workspace the size of a Cheez-It? Oh thank you merciful company gods for sparing my poor, empty, corporate soul!
At least the article tells us that the trend is moving back upwards. It'll take a while for me to believe it's because companies have actually decided to be more humane to their employees. So for now, I chose to believe it's because of the new Spring office trends at IKEA. Whatever that means.
Talk about it:What does your workspace look like? Are you one of the lucky ones?
twiz (04/18/2007) I am so tired of spending my day in a grey cubicle. It is the most depressing environment you can imagine. And it is not productive. I spend the day dreaming of other places instead of working. When I work from home I actually get work done since I am comfortable... nice natural light... no one bothering me...