Published: Mar 17, 2015
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There’s a very good chance that right now you’re seated in a swiveling, ergonomic chair on wheels, staring at a computer screen, reading these digital words within three or four flimsy chest-high walls, just beyond which is another person who’s seated in a swiveling, ergonomic chair on wheels, staring at a computer screen, reading other digital words within three or four flimsy chest-high walls, just beyond which is another person … and so on, and so on, and so on. That is, there’s a good chance you’re one of 40 million Americans that now spend at least eight hours each Monday through Friday in something called a cubicle.
With Valentine’s Day looming, many young lawyers and law students may feel panic motivating them to start upping their text game to lock down that compulsory romantic February 14th date (or going radio silent to avoid the impending awkward allusions to dinner plans). I can only assume this exchange will be conducted via text, because I don’t think cell phones have the capability to actually make calls anymore.
Although 70 percent of the American workforce now works shoulder-to-shoulder in football-field sized rooms without anything as much as an iPhone-thin wall separating their desks, studies continue to show that open-office plans are detrimental to employees’ concentration, productivity, creativity, stress level, and job satisfaction, not to mention their health.
The following is an excerpt from a January 7, 2014 New Yorker article called “The Open-Office Trap” written by Maria Konnakova:
In 2011, the organizational psychologist Matthew Davis reviewed more than a hundred studies about office environments.
For many of today’s law students, firm culture, location, and practice area remain the most important factors in deciding where to apply. Recently, students have discovered that evaluating these factors — and making the right choice for their legal career — is easier when opting to apply directly to firms for summer positions.