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Summary:

Last year Conan O’Brian, the NBC late night talk-show host, walked through an Intel campus and made light of the sterile, uninviting cubicle environment that plagues so many ‘traditional’ work spaces we all work in today.  To see his funny and spot on critique, check out […]

Last year Conan O’Brian, the NBC late night talk-show host, walked through an Intel campus and made light of the sterile, uninviting cubicle environment that plagues so many ‘traditional’ work spaces we all work in today.  To see his funny and spot on critique, check out the clip.

Intel, while being hospitable despite being the targets of Conan’s jokes, took the criticism to heart and is currently testing out a new configuration to their office environment.  At three Intel campuses the computing giant is starting a pilot program to foster teamwork and community amongst its workers by integrating a new type of workspace.  Described as a living room, the new spaces feature lower cubicle walls, TVs, and smaller and more numerous conference rooms.

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Additionally, there are open spaces with lots of couches, comfortable chairs and tables.  These spaces are very accessible and are meant to cater to Intel’s population of knowledge workers who travel amongst disparate workspaces: whether their working environment means multiple Intel campuses, working from home, or any combination of the two.  Newly configured conference rooms are adorned with whiteboards and accommodate 1-4 people.  There are fun areas too which include large LCD TV’s, Nintendo Wii’s, and Xbox 360s!

Intel Intel deserves credit for paying attention to the new workspace.  It’s great to see them accommodate the mobile workforce and allow their employees to collaborate in a new and innovative environment.  Teleworking may or may not be on the way out, but it appears Intel is finding new ways to welcome the mobile worker into it’s way of doing business.

What is your ideal working situation?  Would you like to solely work outside of your companies’ location, or do you prefer a hybrid of being able to work on and off-site?  We look forward to awesome discussion in the comments.

(Photo credits go to Josh Bancroft)

  1. Please learn the difference between its and it’s. Thank you.

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  2. Hi Sandy,

    Thanks for your feedback. I changed the post to be more grammatically correct regarding the its and it’s.

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  3. Great article. I sent it to my boss. For almost a year now I have been trying to make my cube .. er … I mean workspace more personal. But in the end the sea of blue-grey sinks my island of color.

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  4. Heh. Still missed one. Next to last paragraph. And “..who travel amongst work amongst disparate work spaces”?

    To actually answer your question: I telecommute full time for a company based in another state, and I love it. Face time is good, but I can get that by visiting the home office a couple times a year. I used to work for Intel, and there were vague rumblings about this living room program before they laid me off. It’s all in the details, though; I actually didn’t mind the cube farm (though I might now, after working from home), and I think lower cube walls would have done nothing but frustrate and distract me.

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  5. [...] Word has it that Intel has changed its offices around drastically in response to a visit last year by Conan O’Brian, heir presumptive to The Tonight Show (thank GOD! the reign of Leno has stretched on endlessly like that of W.) [...]

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  6. Maybe I’m just a 23-year-old Luddite, but I don’t see the advantage in the TVs and Wii/XBOXs at work. Lower cube walls, comfortable conference rooms, open air space all have their merits (and demerits), but my employer doesn’t pay me to be entertained, he pays me to work. Am I missing something here?

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  7. The ideal work situation is to be amongst a sea of both adventurousn and knowledge workes. I love seeing both personalities work together to come up with the most innovative techniques or products.
    What is Intel is doing with the workspace is great! My ideal work situation is to have a combination of working from home and going to a central office similar to what Intel is doing with their campuses.

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  8. Forgive me for my grammatical errors.

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