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Cubicles are shrinking for American office workers, study finds

Saturday 12 February 2011

Corner offices are getting bigger, but office space for the average American worker is shrinking, a study finds.

CNN reports that employees enjoyed on average 90 square feet of office space in 1994 - a far cry from the 75 square feet they have today, according to a report by the International Facility Management Association, a network of professional facility managers.

Space for senior office workers, once averaging at 115 square feet 15 years ago, had dropped down to 96 square feet in 2010, the study showed.

According to reports by CNN, Gensler, a firm in San Francisco that has renovated office space for 70% of the Fortune 500 companies, estimates that cubicles at these companies have shrunk from an 8-by-10 work space to a 5-by-5 square.

While cubicles continue to downsize, office space for executive managers - that coveted corner office - have actually grown.

A troubled economy could be partially to blame for the downsizing as companies look to cut costs, CNN reported, but it\'s not the only factor.

Sleeker technology and flat-screen computer monitors have removed some of the bulk from office spaces, as have thinner cubicle panels and less clunky office furniture.

Shared open spaces designed to encourage more team-friendly environments are also becoming increasingly popular, eliminating the need for personal cubes in some offices, the news agency said.

And other employees have the option to work remotely from different locations using Blackberries, iPads and other mobile technology, having less need for larger cubicles.

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