The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cage (but Sometimes You’re Trapped)

It’s considered inhumane to keep gorillas in concrete cages with no greenery, sunshine, or anything else resembling their natural habitat. So why are some employees put in an environment with unpleasant lighting, and often no windows or plants, for eight hours a day, five days a week, and sometimes a lot more? Having worked for a while in a huge space with just partition panels (a cubicle farm), I suspected the office was designed by a sadist whose sole aim was to make the cubicle dwellers irritated with each other. The steady rattle of people tapping away on keyboards, loud phone conversations, banal office chatter, and other distractions are robbing you of peace, not to mention ...

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