How Cubicles Became a Symbol of Workers’ Discontent

Hate your office cubicle? Science backs you up. In a research paper, Harvard Business School doctoral candidate Ethan S. Bernstein found support for a "transparency paradox," in which job performance declines as workers become more visible to managers. In other words, most modern offices are a disaster from a productivity standpoint. But is the cubicle, specifically, so deserving of our ire?