Did you ever retreat to the cafeteria because it was (after rush hours) so much quieter than office space? Sign of a culture killer at work. You may have found two, three or four people around one of the empty tables discussing some work-related matter. Several tables might be similarly occupied, and you would have noticed that they are well spaced apart.

What’s going on here? The answer is simple: people have come to the cafeteria because there is nowhere else in the building that is quiet enough to have a sane meeting, or their desks are so close together that they cannot meet without disturbing their uninvolved workmates. 

In such companies, management has an unspoken rule:

Why bother with proper workspace when we have empty tables in the cafeteria?

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