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December 7, 2022

Unassigned Desks and Collaborative Workspaces are the Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic Future

It may seem odd to use a dystopian world as a model for an office workspace, but that’s just what Citi did.

Susan Catalano, Citi’s Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of HR, was reading the Divergent series — about a future society broken up into five social factions cultivating different virtues — around the same time she was asked to assist with an open floor plan for the HR group’s new workspace. The book influenced the end product. “We created what we call neighborhoods — a compensation neighborhood, a learning and development neighborhood, etc. — to help individuals feel they ‘owned’ their space, even though no one has a designated workspace and no one has a private office,” she explains. [Harvard Business Review]

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