Why is it so difficult just to get a cubicle?

So in trying to find a new job that I like, has good benefits, and where I fit in, I keep seeing that so many of these work environments just look like crap for personal work habits. How hard is it to make a cubicle?

I’ve seen so many computers lined up like they were on sale. I’ve seen offices that have so little space, employees need to use a meeting room for lunch. So many places I’ve interviewed at are just tables or pods or some kind of communal space. Which I hate–they make everything look like a sweatshop. How special do you make your employees feel when you treat them little better than people at FoxConn?

And pods. So many pods. Yeah, I get it, you like people being co-located so they can work together. But could we just call a spade a spade here? You want to save money, so you squish everyone as close as you can before they complain. Oh, yeah, taking after Google’s open floor plan? What a revolution. If I don’t have personal space, where can I put my coffee mug? Or pictures my children make?

I love cubicles. They make me feel important, like a little office. When I was little I played “office” all the time. I had a walk-in closet and put up signs on the door like it was a business (the signs were like “Ghostbusters” and “Rescue Rangers”, but y’know…). I had a plastic Little Tykes table and put up a nameplate, a pencil cup, papers. You know, desk stuff.

little tykes table

So yeah, it sucks that the office is trending back to that 50s design for steno pool secretaries.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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