Offices Are For The Weak At Sun
from the the-O-in-Old-Economy dept
I remember a while back when the Chiat/Day officeless-office was what everyone was talking about. The idea was to increase creativity by removing the same bland 4 cubicle walls you looked at every day. You had a locker, and would take your laptop out each day and then just wander around the building until you found a place you wanted to work that day. They redesigned the building and put funky chairs and couches all over the place. It's been a while since I heard anything about it, so I have no idea if it's still how things are done there. However, Sun Microsystems appears to be trying to do the same thing, in a slightly more corporate fashion. They're trying to get half of their employees floating through officeless offices. They simply need to sit down at any identical desk, swipe their ID card, and all of their information is accessible. Sun believes it will save money, as well as keep employees who don't always want to commute long distances to their assigned office. While I can see this working to some extent, I think it could cause problems with a company as large as Sun. Part of the reason you have everyone at an assigned place is so you talk face-to-face more often, and find who you're looking for more easily.