What are your first thoughts when you hear the words ‘peace’ or ‘pleasure’? For some, the words may be associated with each other even possibly used interchangeably, but in reality, there is a very distinct difference as observed by Jay Shetty.
A team from University College London has worked with a large global tech company based in the City of London to research staff experiences in respect to open-plan working. Results showed that desks by windows and those in a smaller grouped layout were found to be more favourable by staff.
With many offices preparing for the return of staff to the office, researchers advise that businesses should keep these findings in mind when looking to support members of staff transition back to the office from home-working.
The survey included 172 employees and found some interesting links to desk location and productivity levels as well as staff perceptions of the workplace.
Responses to the survey included:
Prof. Kerstin Sailer, lead researcher from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London told a recent interview; ‘Our findings raise important questions regarding the current popular practice in workplace design of providing large open-plan offices for technology companies.
‘Staff in smaller open-plan spaces and those facing the room reported high satisfaction with team cohesion, sharing information with colleagues, concentration and working productively.’
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