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Office Design Wars: Which Style is Truly the Best?

OFFICE DESIGN WARS WHICH STYLE IS TRULY THE BEST? Workplace Satisfaction & Productivity The most desirable elements for an office space are: live indoor quiet working view of the sea natural bright colours light plants area 24% 89% give me a minufe, I'm day dreaming of employees admitted they waste time at work each day Google 60% DO of workers claim Google is the biggest online time-waster, with 23% blaming Facebook of UK workers are happy in their jobs 53% 36% of employees said they waste time because they believe short breaks actually increase productivity of employees need between 1 2 - 2 hours per day just to manage their emails Office Cubicles Robert Propst designed the office cubicle in the 1960s. Originally designed to 'save us' from the pre-1960s offices of old (the ones where all the desks were lined up & facing the same direction like a school classroom). Cubicle workers are the most unhappy employees. Pros Cons Cubicles offer the illusion of A sense of privacy privacy, not the real thing Fewer distractions from co-workers More likely to partake in unsolicited distractions (social media, etc.) unnoticed Cubicle walls are re-configurable Reduces collaborative working Open Offices Ideal for maximising a company's space while minimising costs. Bosses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their employees. However, employees coming from more traditional office layouts find it difficult to adapt to open plan offices. Pros Cons don't look! Social working environment Lack of privacy blah, bloh blah, blah blah. blah, blah blah.. Promotes a more team-based culture and encourages a more collaborative atmosphere Increased noise levels Tears down hierarchies Easily distracted by co-workers Enclosed Offices Workers in enclosed offices are the happiest, reporting the least amount of frustration. DO Pros Cons Privacy and ability to shut your door Less social interaction OC can't be bothered. No noise, which helps concentration and decreases stress levels Lack of motivation - no 'pressure' of being watched More room/space Reduced collaboration between co-workers Working from home There were 4.2 million UK home workers in the first 3 months of 2014, amounting to 13.9% of the workforce. 1 in 4 of us would accept a reduction in salary if it meant we could work from home. Pros Cons I'll just quickly put the washing on.. Proven to boost productivity by up to 13% Lack of focus and/or motivation can you help. I guess I'll talk to you.. excuse me... make some tea. Fewer interruptions Lack of social interaction with co-workers ??? Complete control of your working environment Out of sight, out of mind; alienated from company developments Sources: New study explores link between workplace design and productivity. Flexible Flexible working and recognition linked to happiness at work. - Eltringham, M. (2015). Infographic: Job Satisfaction Index. 2014 Wasting Time at Work Survey. - Gouveia, A. 12014). Designing the Productive Office Space Your Company Needs. - Dickens, L. 120151. New Research: Workers Hate Their Cubicles. - Adams, S. (2013). Privacy at Work: Architectural Correlates of Job Satisfaction and Job Performance į - Sundstrom, E et al, (1980). ONS: Record numbers working from home. - (2014). Why aren't we all working from home today? - Ferguson, D. (2014). Chair Office O @ChairOffice -------- -.

Office Design Wars: Which Style is Truly the Best?

shared by Aptitude on Jun 16
From the confined office cubicles of old, to the telecommuting work of the modern era, this infographic explores the pros and cons of popular office design trends and working environments.





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