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By Nikil Saval

ISBN-10: 0385536577

ISBN-13: 9780385536578

You suggest this position we visit 5 days every week has a heritage? Cubed unearths the unexplored but magnificent tale of the locations the place lots of the world's work--our work--gets performed. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The place of work, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is an interesting, frequently humorous, and occasionally nerve-racking anatomy of the white-collar international and the way it got here to be how it is--and what it could become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks labored in small, dank areas referred to as "counting-houses." those have been all-male enclaves, the place paintings used to be simply bureaucracy. so much american citizens thought of clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." however the funny story used to be on them: because the nice old shifts from agricultural to commercial economies came about, after which from commercial to info economies, the association of the office advanced besides 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. girls entered the place of work through the hundreds of thousands, and revolutionized the social international from inside. Skyscrapers jam-packed with place of work house got here to tower over towns far and wide. Cubed opens our eyes to what's a very "secret history" of alterations so seen and ubiquitous that we've rarely spotted them. From the wood-paneled government suite to the arrival 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 at any place at any time (and possibly the entire time), Cubed excavates from well known books, videos, comedian strips (Dilbert!), and an unlimited volume of administration literature and enterprise heritage, the explanations why our places of work are the way in which they are--and how they may be higher.

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