So I'm just reading Tom Kelley's new book The Ten Faces of
Innovation. It looks really great so far.
At one point, Tom mentions the story of a former employer that had an
office so bland they also had an arbitrary "nothing should stick up
more than four inches above your cubicle" rule. One of my former
employers had a similarly strange 'building services' group, and I
thought I'd share a story with you.
Firstly, I had a cube on the relatively high floor, where my back-
wall was all glass... it was great... had a terrific view, and it
made a great whiteboard (and we all know that dry-erase marker comes
off glass without a hitch). In any case, building services was deeply
dissatisfied with my doing this, and told my boss as much. Nice.
Next, another colleague on the same floor actually also had a 'window
cube', except that he had a cube wall blocking the window (there was
nothing between that wall and the window). So, of course, we called
building services, had them come down and look at the cube. They
brought measuring tape and rulers, made a bunch of notes and
disappeared without a trace from whence they came. A day later my
colleague got a note saying they couldn't take down that cube wall,
"as it would result in a non-standard cubicle configuration." :)