Years ago I was considering changing jobs. I knew that I couldn’t grow anymore at my current company and was bored with my work, but I loved everything else. The campus and the office provided a visually impressive space. Any one who has seen the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC knows what I’m talking about.
Personally, I believe every employer has an obligation to provide a stimulating, inspiring, and beautiful work space. If you’re going to spend 70% of your work day somewhere, it should provide more than fuzzy gray cubes and fluorescent lights. Cube farms are soul-crushing and reduce workplace productivity by as much as 46%. That’s completely made up but it feels true(ish).
The next job I was considering, unfortunately, was a cube farm. The cubes were so tall it blocked all natural sunlight, leaving you to wallow in the vomit green glow of fluorescent tubes all day. Every day. It looked exactly like that image.
What to do? I turned to my parents for advice. My father only needed about 2 minutes of me whining to chirp back, “Matthew. If you love your work and the people you’re working with, you can work out of a cardboard box”. True.
I stopped whining and took the job.