You’re Working in the Wrong Place

Open offices misunderstand psychology and design

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
My home office is a fortress of productivity. Photo courtesy of author.

The Rise of the Open Office

“We encourage people to stay out in the open because we believe in serendipity — and people walking by each other teaching new things.”

Jack Dorsey

Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi on Unsplash. Open offices lack a certain sense of privacy.

Spontaneous Creativity over Focus

Busyness as a Proxy for Productivity*

Cost Efficiencies

Alternatives

MIT Building 20 Aerial View / All those offices and one central entrance. Credit: MIT Museum via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Hub and Spoke

The Eudaimonia Machine

A quick sketch of how a Eudamonia Machine could be laid out. Courtesy of author.

The Writer’s Cabin

Dylan Thomas’ writing shed in Laugharne, Wales. Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty

Finding Your Solution

Working on Worry Kit

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