A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more
New designs are partly a backlash to wide-open floor plans and include a “palette of places,” meaning that people don’t sit in just one spot.
The right design and mix of spaces, including places for privacy, have been found to increase unplanned interaction, reduce time spent in formal meetings, and encourage employees to come into the office (rather than working remotely).
The article also cites research that points to a 25% increase in productivity when employees are given a choice of spaces, a 6% reduction in absenteeism where outdoor views are offered, and a significant increase in one's ability to perform challenging tasks due to improved ventilation.
As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017
Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:
- 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
- 4 in 10 remote workers say it's hard to be noticed
- 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
- 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
- 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication
- 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
- 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
- 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email
[1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]
For workplace planners who need the facts to support their efforts to enhance worker performance by increasing contact with nature, this is a goldmine.
Researchers at the Institute for Work & Health compared workers in jobs that involved mostly sitting with those that required mostly standing. Standers had twice the risk of developing heart disease than sitters.
A combination of sitting, standing and moving on the job is the best approach for heart health.
Capital One asked 2,500 full-time office professionals about what workplace features were most important to them.
Survey results point to need for flexibility:
- 82% said workplace design influences innovation
- 82% said they have their best ideas in flexible workspaces
- 57% said their workplace does not support innovation
- 71% said workplace design is as important or more important than location when choosing an employer
- Most wanted design elements are natural light and art
- On-site food and beverages are more important than fitness facilities or even, surprisingly, quiet spaces.