As technology gets smaller, the space we are provided with to work also shrinks. In the 1950s, the typical office worker was assigned a total of 50 square metres of space. By the end of this decade, that figure will have dropped to 10 square metres.
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That figure comes from headset manufacturer Jabra, which mapped out the changes (based on US data) on this chart. Despite the percentage of office workers as a proportion of the workforce increasing, the available space for them isn’t:
Calculating an exact figure is obviously difficult — modern workplaces are less likely to have individual offices for everyone, but may have much larger communal areas. Nonetheless, the shift to cubicles, hot desking, people working from home and the ability to keep digital rather than paper files all contribute to smaller work environments.
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