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The 1950s workplace - the open-plan office

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 they could supervise workers.

In the 1950s, the workplace design style became less rigid. The emphasis was placed on meeting the needs of the workforce with a more fluid design. It resulted in a more social environment where collaboration between teams increased.

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1990s - The World-Wide Web

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 start of the world-wide-web meant that computers became essential for many employees. ...

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1980s - The cubicle farm

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 a priority. Workers started to dress in power suits, and employees began talking about a work-life ...

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2000s - Office technology

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 plans started to rise. In addition, co-working spaces became more popular, ...

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The 1960s - office technology

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 division to define their space.

Office tech started to change and included manu...

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2010s - Technology evolution

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 evolved with mixed spaces to work. Technology became woven into the work, from video confere...

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The 1970s - Equal Pay Act

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 into the workplace.

Women began to gain more equality in the workforce through the Equ...

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