saw this npr data scientist job posting today / i am a big fan <& member> of npr but presently tied down to pittsburgh \ maybe someday
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my architect rowmate has unknowingly agitated me by reminding me that my happy days of having an office in the workplace are numbered / his firm’s latest project was to design a prominent accounting firm’s new corporate headquarters \ the trend in recent years has been open workspace and low walled cubicles < if there are cubes at all > rendering workers with little or no private space in the name of “collaborative work” / ugh | doesn’t management understand that open space is not for everybody?
being an analyst and researcher, most of the time i spend working requires focused concentration <reading papers, writing code and analyzing data> \ i have a little over two years to enjoy my space <and my view of pnc park and the allegheny river> / though pictures of open workspaces look nice, search results show much negative sentiment among workers \ there probably is not much that workers can do to reverse this cost-savings trend / but if privacy becomes a perk, maybe it will soon become a part of job negotiations…
jan 2014 new yorker article on the detrimental effect of open workspace: