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Groundbreaking Workplace Inventions: Otis Elevator

In 1857, the Otis Elevator debuted inside E.V. Haughwout, a New York department store. It instantly freed consumers from the exertion required to climb stairs, paving the way for taller buildings a...

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10 Inventions That Shaped The Workplace

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In 1908, a cotton mill in New England with many Jewish workers started to close on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hearing about this, labour unions started to push towards a five-day week nationwid...

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The Rolodex

In 1956, a funky rotary device placed on the desktop worked well to store and retrieve contact details. Even today, when everything is digital, the Rolodex is widely used in office tables.

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In 1966, a trade group in Honolulu encouraged local workers to wear colourful hawaiian shirts on Fridays, naming the practice ‘Aloha Fridays’. This idea of casual wear on weekends was quickly picke...

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The Cubicle

In 1968, Action Office, a range of modular furniture, was introduced by Herman Miller, helping office planners create partial walls to enhance employee privacy. This sparked a revolution i...

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In 1975, a tech company we haven’t heard from since, launched the Altair 8800, the first desktop computer. Offices were never the same again, and as computers became more powerful, every a...

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In 1983, MCI launched a communication tool for business: e-mail. Offices at that time worked using files with red strings. The company went away in a few years, but the idea of digital let...

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The Aeron Chair

In 1994, office chairs with ergonomic design to assist better posture and prevent back injuries were debuted, transforming the office yet again. It remains a bestseller even today.

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In 1995, freelance workers and other people working alone were introduced to coworking. It was a simple idea of people working independently to get together and work under the same roof wh...

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In 2013, the email got a worthy upgrade with Slack, a business communication tool inspired by social media and chat apps. It helped remote teams(with people all over the globe) work togeth...

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