I’ve been lucky to work in a few nicely designed offices. The nicest one had a reception area that looked like a hotel, with potted orchids and silver dishes of chocolate. It was a bit old-fashioned, as the big boss was separated from the drafting pool by a vestibule, and he summoned us via intercom—it was the 1990s, after all.
Nowadays, the typical office is composed of identical cubicles, or (shudder) an open-plan workspace. Some offices, thankfully, break out of the corporate cubicle mold and actually spend time and money on creating spaces that inspire their employees and represent their brand as well. Good office design maximizes employee productivity, and new office requirements call for “personal space, social space, and thinking rooms,” according to the Business Insider (tip: these are good ideas for your own home, too). And if you still can’t do your work well? Then that is your problem.
This month, we also have the responsibility of picking the right person for the most important job in the country— the presidency. And much like hiring fine employees, let us not choose candidates for their swashbuckling qualities, but for their capability to work hard with us.