I’m delighted to discover that at least one company has woken up to the fact we’re no longer in the 19th century and consequently the office is no longer the best solution for operating a modern corporation. As for the much-vaunted but in reality rarely seen “water cooler conversations” that supposedly spark new ideas, the fact is most cube slaves these days are under such tight deadlines and supervision that creativity, or even contributing in an ad hoc manner to someone else’s effort, is nearly impossible. And besides, any organization so poorly run that it relies on such mythical occurrences is unlikely to be able to benefit meaningfully from any few that should actually happen.

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