Desks are so over! Also, "innovations" like "white space"—non-desk places where employees can go to "think"—and "hot desking"—a system where employees never sit in the same spot twice—are revolutionizing the workplace, according to Times 'how we work now' columnist Lisa Belkin. Yeah, giving your employees a private place to sit and work where no one can overhear their personal phone calls about their brother's gayness or their medical conditions is so passé, not to mention a big waste of cash.
Add to this the favorite fact of human resource managers everywhere: this is the first time in history that four generations — those who lived through World War II, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y — are together in the workplace.
Managers tell stories of summer associates who come to meetings with midriffs exposed, baring a belly ring; of interns who walk through the halls engaged with iPods; of new hires who explain they need Fridays off because their boyfriends get Fridays off and they have a share in a beach house. Then there is the tale of the summer hire who sent a text message to a senior partner asking "Are bras required as part of the dress code?"