Wow, so this wasn’t my plan for this blog, but office productivity and corporate culture keep coming up as themes….
The Washington Post article blames Silicon Valley* for the open-office movement, but the trend in that direction has been well in motion for many years before Facebook or Google were around. Contemporary motivations by misguided managers may be to foster some intangible vibe of energy and collaboration around the office, but its roots IMO are both more mundane and cynical : Open offices are cheaper to build, kit-out, maintain and clean.
*PS, “Google got it wrong” in the title?? Shameless click bait for an institution like the Washington Post.