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Who created the office cubicle?

Robert Propst created the office cubicle, which was unveiled in 1968, as a way to boost office productivity. He believed that a workspace equipped with plenty of shelving and more surface area would give office workers more working room. He also thought the partitions between them would be useful to allow workers to pin up projects and to create more privacy than available in earlier open offices. His original plan also included adjustable desk levels, so worker could spend some time standing while they worked.

But economics overtook Propst's dream. Increasing office space costs caused cubicles to be used to inexpensively cram lots of people into one area. Instead of being the flexible office units that Propst had envisioned, cubicles became rows of human cages, that can slow productivity and even threaten our health. Instead of thinking outside of the box, we are trapped in one.

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