Cubed: Summary Review

This is a summary review of Cubed containing key details about the book.

What is Cubed About?

"Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace" is a non-fiction book written by Nikil Saval. It was published in 2014 and examines the history of the modern office and how it has shaped the way we work today. The book looks at the evolution of the office from the 19th century to the present day and explores how architecture, technology, and management have influenced the way we work.

Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better.

Summary Points & Takeaways from Cubed

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book includes:

* The office has evolved over time, and it has been shaped by various cultural, economic, and technological factors.

* The office affects our daily lives and productivity, creativity, and well-being.

* Architecture and design play a crucial role in shaping the office environment, and the impact of open office plans and the use of natural light.

* Technology has changed the way we communicate and collaborate in the office.

* The way management and organizational structures influence the office and the way we work.

* The office has been portrayed in popular culture such as literature and film, and how it reflects societal attitudes towards work.

* The rise of teleworking and remote work, and its impact on the office culture.

* The relationship between the office space and company culture and its impact on employee satisfaction and productivity.

* Overall, "Cubed" provides an in-depth and detailed look at the history and culture of the modern office, and how it has shaped the way we work today. It offers a unique perspective on how the office has changed over time and the impact it has on our work and lives, providing valuable insights for readers interested in the subject.

Who is the author of Cubed?

Nikil Saval is an editor of n+1. He lives in Philadelphia. This is his first book. His first two real jobs were as an editorial assistant in publishing companies—in cubicles.

Book Details

  • Print length: 368 pages
  • Genre: Nonfiction, History, Business

Cubed Chapters

Chapter 1 :The Clerking Class
Chapter 2:The Birth of the Office
Chapter 3:The White-Blouse Revolution
Chapter 4:Up the Skyscraper
Chapter 5:Organization Men and Women
Chapter 6:Open Plans
Chapter 7:Space Invaders
Chapter 8:The Office of the Future
Chapter 9:The Office and Its Ends

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: "There are a lot of books about work... but Cubed offers something different: an entertaining look at the history of the modern worker that the modern worker can actually learn from." — Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR

* The editor of this summary review made every effort to maintain information accuracy, including any published quotes, chapters, or takeaways. If you want to enhance your personal growth, I recommend checking out my list of favorite personal growth books. These books have played a significant role in my life, and each one includes a summary and takeaways to help you apply the concepts.

Chief Editor

Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.

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