Hi. I am an American worker. This is my cube. It is gray. This is my desk and chair. They are gray, too. See how well they all match. I like it when things match. It makes me feel safe.
It goes without saying that many of us spend too much time couped up in gray squares staring at the computer screen. We're animals, for Pete's sake. Our bodies were meant to move. Our senses were meant to sense. If companies really wanted us to use our brains, they might make it just a teensy bit easier for us to do that by creating more dynamic and stimulating work spaces.
These days I am tempted to buy my own chair. You see, I like to change position once in a while. I tried the office bean bag as my chair and that didn't work. With my laptop in my actual lap every guy who passed me kept warning me that I was killing my "boys" - referring of course to my sperm. I kept telling them that I had no use for my sperm as I already have two healthy kids and don't need anymore, thank you.
But back to the office.
What if there were desks with goldfish bowls built in? Or chairs that accommodated a dozen different sitting positions? What if cubes were odd shaped and had partitions that allowed light while maintaining privacy? What if meeting rooms had cushions instead of tables and chairs?
Well, thanks to the Chief Happiness Officer for pointing out that some of our what ifs have been answered.