The Demise of the Miserable Cubicle: Agencies Give Their Workspaces Modern Makeovers

As open bars replace closed office doors, agencies are investing in bringing people back to work

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Kern Schireson wants to treat his employees with the respect and white-glove accommodation you would expect from a five-star hotel. As an advocate for corporate hospitality, the chairman and CEO of marketing agency Known is working to dismantle the strict workspace structures that have left employees feeling anxious about returning to the office. With amenities ranging from an in-house barista to doubling indoor and outdoor private spaces, Schireson’s priority is to make people feel supported while giving them the autonomy to reject a corporate lifestyle that does not serve them. 

“I don’t tell people how much to use Slack, and I don’t tell people how much to use their iPhones or Google Slides,” said Schireson, who hasn’t mandated any sort of in-person work at Known.



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This story first appeared in the May 9, 2022, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.