My office HR just decided to ban smoking during working hours. If that's bad enough, they also banned us (workers) from making our much beloved java (coffee) during working hours. I mean, how much time can we waste making coffee when having a cuppa would quench our fix? Plus, the caffeine and nicotine helps for those addicts.
I was just pissed at this announcement and decided to take a look see around the net for such office culture and after looking around the WWW for some time, it seems that a couple of large dot-com companies are promoting a freer working lifestyle with "privatised" work spaces. Some even went on until the extent of allowing small pets to be brought in. They ain't losing money from doing these.
I believe that the more freedom is provided and the more relaxed staff are, the more productive they tend to be. That's just me though.