Apple's genius employees keep running into glass walls

Bill Rogers
February 18, 2018

I don't expect the people designing cutting-edge hardware and software to be walking into glass walls; that's the kind of behavior I expect from birds.

The campus is nearly entirely made out of glass panes, including the workspaces ("pods") inside the building which are surrounded by glass panes.

Recognizing the problem, employees began to put sticky notes on glass doors so employees would know they were there. Inside this space, there are "pods", and as employees, who appear to be always distracted by their iPhones, walk about, they often crash into these panels.

Apple's cofounder Steve Jobs originally proposed the $5 billion Apple Park campus shortly before his death in 2011. In fact, it sounds like Apple's glass walls may be turning out to be a major headache for many employees-and we mean that literally.

It is not clear how many incidents there have been, but at least seven people were reportedly injured on the first day after staff moved in.

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Apple Park campus, which was slated to open in April 2017, was open to employees early this year.

MarketWatch asked Apple for comment on the issue and any mitigations it has sought to enact. However, the Post-In cards were removed because it was detracting from the design of the building. No records were found. It is a problem that needs fixing, though, as Apple could be in violation of California law, which states that, "employees shall be protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings". The detail about the Post-It notes probably would have made Jobs smile.

In a Reuters profile previous year, workers and contractors described a relentless perfectionism that went into the campus' construction.

One of the most vexing features was the doorways, which Apple wanted to be perfectly flat, with no threshold.

"We spent months trying not to do that because that's time, money and stuff that's never been done before", the former construction manager said. So if you see one of their employees with eyeglasses held together with tape, don't be quick to assume it's a nerd thing.

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