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Walls Can Wait

. . . because the cubicle is the current state of office space.

This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Bob Propst, who invented the cubicle in 1964, has surely learned to hate Dilbert. Still, as somebody who toils in a newsroom for The Cincinnati Post when I'm not walking the Entrepreneur beat, what I wouldn't give for an office cubicle. Co-workers' telephones ring in my ear, nearby sports reporters shout scores, field trips make routine visits to my desk-it's a little like working on the sidewalk.

But I know I'd be trading a sidewalk for something that inspires daydreams of John McCain rotting in a colorless cell. Which is why employees can't be blamed if they leave your cubicle-crammed company for something better.

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