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By Nikil Saval

You suggest this position we visit 5 days every week has a historical past? Cubed unearths the unexplored but stunning tale of the areas the place many of the world's work--our work--gets performed. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The workplace, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is an interesting, usually humorous, and occasionally nerve-racking anatomy of the white-collar global and the way it got here to be how it is--and what it may possibly become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks labored in small, dank areas known as "counting-houses." those have been all-male enclaves, the place paintings used to be simply forms. so much american citizens thought of clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." however the comic story used to be on them: because the nice ancient shifts from agricultural to commercial economies happened, after which from business to details economies, the association of the place of work developed in addition to them--and the clerks took over. workplaces grew to become rationalized, designed for either larger potency within the accomplishments of clerical paintings and the enhancement of employee productiveness. ladies entered the place of work through the hundreds of thousands, and revolutionized the social global from inside of. Skyscrapers full of workplace house got here to tower over towns in all places. Cubed opens our eyes to what's a very "secret history" of adjustments so seen and ubiquitous that we've infrequently spotted them. From the wood-paneled government suite to the appearance of the compartments the place 60% of american citizens now paintings (and ninety three% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant destiny the place we'd paintings anyplace at any time (and might be the entire time), Cubed excavates from renowned books, video clips, comedian strips (Dilbert!), and an unlimited volume of administration literature and enterprise historical past, the explanations why our offices are the best way they are--and how they may be larger.

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