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Intel Shrinks Cubicles, Fosters Communal Workspace

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 27, 2011

Computer chip maker Intel Corporation is joining a trend in the business world of lowering cubicle walls and creating wide-open office spaces.

Sacramento Business Journal Editor Jack Robinson says a new generation of workers has brought a more communal sensibility into the workplace.

"Especially for tech firms, they're all competing with places like Google and Facebook for the best talent and those two companies are famous for creating very human work environments. So Intel, which doesn't exactly have the hippest vibe in the high-tech world has an incentive to make the workplace inviting to young workers."

With fewer cubicle panels, experts in office design say wide-open office space can also be cheaper than the old "cube farms."

Critics say workers are losing their privacy.

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