Fix This/Workplace

Too Many Messages, Not Enough 'Work'


Distraction is the new watchword of the American workplace: Smaller budgets have banished the private office as the “open floor plan” is inflicted on more and more workers. In addition, people are spending more of their waking hours tending to work e-mails and more leisurely messages, further squeezing the few productive blocks of time they can carve out for themselves. Here’s a look at how Americans have spent their time communicating and getting information for over half a century.

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Applegate is a graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York. Follow him on Twitter @evanapplegate.
Tucker is a graphics intern for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow him on Twitter @tophtucker.

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