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Herman Miller’s temporary cubicles of the future will ruin your boss

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The ongoing pandemic has revealed a lot about our society and the nature of work, including the fact that many people can be just as productive working from home from 9 to 5. Office space is not like that critical, as Corporate America once thought so Herman Miller introduces himself a new collection of temporary desks aimed at workers who come into an office only occasionally during the working week.

As many as many Employers like to insist that face-to-face collaboration is key The reality is now very different to justify their ongoing leases on sprawling office complexes, and in many areas employees simply don’t have to endure the hassle, stress and expense of a daily commute. Some companies are therefore introducing more flexible working hours, where employees only have to go to an office a few days a week, but this new approach then makes it difficult to justify giving each employee a permanent desk if it is temporarily unused.

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Herman Miller’s solution is a new collection of smaller customizable desks that can be assigned as needed and quickly configured to meet the needs of each employee. The OE1 Micro Packs (which were actually designed by the London design firm, industrial plantCo-founded in 2002 by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin) are currently available in three configurations: single mini-desks for employees who work alone, or three- and four-unit multi-unit mini-desks for small teams that need to collaborate occasionally Person.

Each individual mini desk station offers electronic height adjustments from 27″ to 42″ to accommodate workers who prefer seated or standing desks, as well as both standard outlets and powered USB ports at each desk for powering computers, displays and charging phones . However, to ensure the OE1 Micro Packs can be set up quickly at any time, each unit, even the four-desk option, connects to an electrical outlet with just a single power cord.

As with most modular desk and cabinet systems, the OE1 Micro Packs can be extensively customized with different colours, materials, finishes and accessories such as mounts for displays and even additional furniture pieces such as matching rolling whiteboards, but as with most Herman Miller pieces, they are not cheap.

The single option OE1 Micro Pack, which is not self-standing and can only be used when mounted on a wall, appears to be starting at just above $2,800 for a version without a privacy screen and without electricity. Max it out with all the optional features and a premium finish, and the price skyrockets to over $4,700. The 3-pack version, by comparison, starts at $7,684 while the 4-pack costs $10,915 but can be configured to nearly $20,000. Perhaps this is Herman Miller’s way of convincing employers that letting employees work from home all week is really the only way to go.

https://gizmodo.com/herman-miller-s-temporary-cubicles-of-the-future-will-b-1848745692 Herman Miller’s temporary cubicles of the future will ruin your boss

Adam Bradshaw

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