A Secret History of the Workplace
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100059689
Released: Apr 22, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780804190985
Narrator/s: Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Books on Tape
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You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work-our work-gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is-and what it might become. In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called "counting-houses." These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them-and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere. Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are-and how they might be better.

Author(s): Nikil Saval
Original Publish Date: Apr 22, 2014

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Author(s): Nikil Saval
Product Number EB00157018
Released: Apr 22, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: #9780385536585

Professional reviews

"Stephen HoyeÕs deep, melodic voice brings excitement to a text that listeners might otherwise overlook. Saval explores the history of the officeÑall of its nuances and variations from its beginnings in the 1800s through the present. He brings into this work discussions of actual historical offices and approaches to work, such as Taylorism, as well as fictional depictions found in works such as ÒBartleby, the Scrivener,Ó OFFICE SPACE, and ÒMad Men.Ó Though Saval provides reasonably interesting prose for the subject matter, Hoye brings the book to life with his well-timed delivery. Whether performing the narrative or quoting someone real or fictional, Hoye infuses the book with personality. L.E. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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