The History of the Workplace - Modern Workplace - Deepstash
The 1950s workplace - the open-plan office

At first, office layouts were influenced by the production or factory line. Rows of desks fitted tightly together, but managers and executives had private offices with windows so t...

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The 1960s - office technology

The Action Office emerged in the 1960s. It included more freedom of movement, greater privacy, and personalised space. With time, employees each had a high, three-sided vertical di...

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The 1970s - Equal Pay Act

Office space was designed to focus on enabling individual workers to work creatively and more autonomously. Users health and comfort were more prominent. Computers were introduced ...

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1980s - The cubicle farm

This decade saw the office layout moving towards productivity and profitability. Cubicles were cheap, effective and increased focus.

Corporate culture became...

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1990s - The World-Wide Web

Office design became more utilitarian and functional - even dull, while computers transformed the way people worked.

Improvements in connectivity and the sta...

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2000s - Office technology

The 2000s saw a time of evolution and revolution. Technology and high-speed connectivity became common. The smartphone was brought to mass market.

Open-floor office p...

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2010s - Technology evolution

As technology advanced, employees began to demand flexibility in how, when and where they worked.

A huge shift occurred in office design. Bright and vibrant offices e...

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