Is it just me, or do offices never seem to have an adequate amount of space for all workers?
I’m not even talking about comfort. I mean literally having enough desks and chairs to go around. People always seem to be shoehorned into a corner near a fridge, or offices are shared when they should be solo. And let’s not forget about the shrinking distance between cubicles.
At $100 a square foot in major metropolitan areas, I can almost forgive companies for dehumanizing us into sardines. However, what excuses do their suburban counterparts have? From urban centers to quiet suburbs, I’ve repeatedly seen this phenomenon, regardless of ZIP code.
If that weren’t bad enough, it appears many people never learned the limits of personal space. Thanks to some studies conducted with zoo animals in the 1950s, then adopted by anthropologist Edward T. Hall, the term "proxemics" was born. Studying spatial relationships between people, here are the general guidelines for human beings as they interact… Read more of my article at U.S. News and World Report.