Monday, January 16, 2006

The Shower Cube

I've talked previously about the cube resizing at the Enterprise here and here. Trouble is, some folks have "reports." That means "people report to them" in Enterprise-speak. Now, how to you discuss things privately with these folks if you only have a cube? It used to be you had an office where you could close a windowed door to discuss their performance. But now with the cube resize what do you do?

Introducing the cube with a door. That's right. Now if you want privacy you just close your door and you can discuss with your reports all the private issues they are having. Never mind it's a cube without ceilings and sound barriers. Frankly it's ridiculous.

So as a public statement, one or our managers decided that the door looked more like a shower curtain and so he decorated accordingly.

Police-mentality planners design workplaces the way they would prisons: optimized for containment at minimal cost. -Tom DeMarco