Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
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The "Office" of the "Future"

AN OFFICE?Fast Company took a look recently at some offices of the 'future,' which, ha, who's going to work in offices in the future? Among others, they look at Macquarie, which is where Prison Island trading floor drones watch porn while their coworkers are doing live TV spots. One bit that is of interest is making plans that deal with the fact that, in offices, people don't actually work so much! (Hence: the existence of blogs!) The average complete workforce turnout is 50% of headcount. So they are underbuilding office plans now: "At Macquarie, 50% attendance translates to 85% occupancy in the new office." So, some day in the future, everyone will show up for work all at once and have to leave. That future sounds okay maybe?

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My administrative assistant only wears the minimum number of flair pieces, but the Jack Daniel's 'Tater Skins(TM) are delish.

saythatscool (#101)

You;re working at the Hooter's now with Jennifer Aniston, Cap'n?

garge (#736)

Hooter's requires flair? That is so discriminatory.

Hooter's discriminates against ass and legs (not chicken!), as none are attractive in those horrid shorts and hose.

HiredGoons (#603)

I read something last night about the original owner of The Old Merchant's House;

(http://www.merchantshouse.com/)

Basically he would let no man near his daughters who referred to chicken 'legs' or 'thighs.'

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

I'll stick with my beet farm thank you very much.

HiredGoons (#603)

Mostly it's that, if I get the work done I have to have finished in the actual amount of time it took me to do it? I would get stuck with a bunch of stupid crap that nobody really needs to do.

garge (#736)

My method is to place something I actually have to have finished to my immediate left (I am right-handed), and then make little mounds of the crap nobody really needs to do around my laptop in concentric hemispheres.

HiredGoons (#603)

Also: RFPs take up nice chunks of time and require 'research.'

flossy (#1,402)

You know it's the future because all the books in the office are actually just wallpaper graphics. OH BOY I CAN'T WAIT

My vision is fucked up from staring at excel spreadsheets all day, but is the guy on the left working INSIDE an excel spreadsheet?

Bittersweet (#765)

Welcome to my nightmare.

CAN EXCEL DO THAT?!?

roboloki (#1,724)

it's legal in india

Dickdogfood (#650)

So they are underbuilding office plans now; "At Macquarie, 50% attendance translates to 85% occupancy in the new office."

The "underbuilding" you describe has been happening for a while now (ten-fifteen years at least), with both architecture/interior design companies and their clients responding to the increasing expense of office space and the fact that people, more than ever, work out in the field or at home rather than an office strictly construed. There's less and less of a point to having a dedicated desk for every single person. It *is* interesting, though, that they've highlighting a financial services company; along with law firms, they're usually the most uninterested in adopting these office strategies. (Most interested are always the techies and the creatives, obv.)

What happens when these ideas fail miserably? Schadenfreude! Every person who has ever worked in an office should read about Chiat-Day's disastrous, premature, and heavy-handed attempts at free-wheelin' office spacin': http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.02/chiat.html

KarenUhOh (#19)

It's like this: At home, I have to pay my own $$ to come here and jerk around. Here, it's part of the benefit package. Kind of a big part, turns out, too.

Naturally, I'm procrastinating. I have to bet this gut straight draw.

conklin (#364)

I would like to copy this design exactly for my new business: a short-order diner that serves deep-fried leather-bound books.

Kataphraktos (#226)

At this moment, I am trading millions of dollars of other peoples' money from my coffee table. In my pajamas. My commute is about 2.3 seconds (from bedroom to living room), compared to 1.5 hours each way (from UWS to White Plains).

Envy me.

kneetoe (#1,881)

I hope you're trading it for a handfull of magic beans.

La Cieca (#1,110)

"How the coffee table got into my pajamas I'll never know."

kneetoe (#1,881)

It shortens the commute.

deepomega (#1,720)

Our office's strategy for designating space for an influx of freelance production people was… to put them in our kitchen? About 12 of them in a 10×15 kitchen. Nobody wins.

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