It’s nice to have a job, and it’s nice to work in an office. Yet, as average guy Frank May expresses in a new YouTube video, the workplace comes with frustrations, too. In May’s case, it’s a too-fancy water machine that costs his company $1,000 a year and does nothing right.
Think your office is cool and progressive because there’s a ping pong table in the corner? You’ll still be stuck at your soul-sucking cubicle desk most of the day, which is why these engineers created a giant slot car track that races across everyone’s desk, letting you compete while still getting some work done.…
It doesn’t matter how fancy the office you work in is, it’s an unwritten rule that when winter arrives, you’re going to be cold at work. Even the pool tables and catered lunches in your dot-com wonderland can’t keep you warm, but this folding under desk heater from Panasonic certainly will.
Online, Apple, Facebook, and Google are competing to control the future of technology. Offline, they are competing to build the future of corporate architecture—small cities nestled in the Silicon Valley suburbs that are designed by some of the most famous architects alive today. It’s a space race. Literally.
Gizmodo—and Gawker Media—are moving. We're packing up our cozy little SoHo walkup and heading to a big new office in Union Square. And according to the architects who are designing it, it's going to be very, very cool.
Bonkers offices tend to spring up like so many expensive mushrooms during boom time, especially in the tech world. But it turns out that average companies are investing in great design too—at least according to the shortlist of great offices chosen by the World Festival of Interiors this year.
When it was time for the NYC ad agency, Barbarian Group, to design a new office, they wanted to do something different. The agency wanted something more open, less inhibiting. So architect Clive Wilkinson built them an "endless table."
It's December 23, and it's almost certainly National Work From Anywhere But The Office Day. I'm currently dispatching from my parents' kitchen. Where are you?
Do you ever joke around with your coworkers about how cool it would be to build desks out of old cars or have meetings on a houseboat? Maybe not, but if you work at Google, you might want to start—because they might actually make your weird office dreams a reality.
“Going to work” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but for most of us? Welp, it probably involves lots of sedentary hours sitting with pretty poor posture at a desk that’s not quite the right height, staring and staring and staring at a screen. But! The times, they are a-changin’, and…
Google’s company policy requires that each office reflect some of the local color of the city around it: Google Zurich has ski gondolas, Google Pittsburgh has steel mill photos, and so on. That policy results in designs that sometimes border on twee (see: Google London's gratuitous Union Jacks), but sometimes, it ends…
Google's New York City office has something that every office in America needs: secret rooms hidden by swiveling bookshelves. If you're not in the know, you wouldn't know it existed. But if you do have Batman access at Google, you can pull the correct book and expose a whole 'nother world. Or something like that.
It's hard to get excited about another drawn-out business meeting. Stiff chairs. A circle of equally bored faces. Maybe your leg falls asleep from all that sitting, and then what? You jiggle it silently in your seat and stumble gracelessly on your way out the door.
Forbes, this morning, has a very on-point list of the top 5 social media mistakes to stop making at work. The author, Kelly Clay, supports her points with help from John Pirc, security researcher and Director of Product Management for HP TippingPoint and co-author of Cybercrime and Espionage.
Anyone who works in an open office, one without cubicles or private spaces of any sort, knows that having a place to escape to, if even for a few minutes, is invaluable. But bathroom stalls aren't exactly tranquil, and faking a phone call is more work than it's worth.
Working in a shed doesn't sound like an upgrade from a depressing cubicle. But the spired roof of this Tetra-Shed will make it feel like you work in a private alpine lodge, even without a fireplace or comfy bearskin rug.
Long, long before the company dreamt of an office building from space, Apple occupied a far more modest compound—so much so that it could be sketched by hand. The floor plans were recently rediscovered.
"Workplace incivility"—people at your job being inconsiderate, rude, or otherwise unpleasant—is on the rise, reports USA Today. An obvious factor is the dismal economy, sure. But could tech be reprogramming us into insufferable office jerks?
It's a desk chair! It's an elliptical machine! It's an embarrassment! Ye gods, Hammacher Schlemmer, what have you unleashed this time? And who on earth is going to pony up $8,000 for it?