Not so long ago, offices were places where legions of similarly dressed people all arrived at the same time to sit aligned in neat rows and perform nearly identical tasks. At lunchtime, they vacated the workspace for an hour to come back refreshed and ready for an afternoon of highly predictable behavior. It was boring — but at least you knew what to expect from others and how to act.
That was then. This is now: offices are getting smaller and closer together, some people share offices and others don’t have any assigned office, and there are more meeting spaces mixed in with cubicles.