Modern offices first took off during the Industrial Revolution, when a sudden surge of new industries required centralized workplaces to transact business—most of it paper-based.
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As manufacturing grew, so did the number of available products on the market—and the number of agencies to market those products. Offices took on the additional role of innovation hubs: a space to brainstorm product campaigns, whiteboard new ideas, and collaborate with colleagues. And the office as we know it was born.
But technological advancements in more recent history have eliminated the need to file paper documents or