What People are Actually Looking in Office Spaces

Avatar By: Prashant Rahi

In the post pandemic world, the expectations from the workplace have dramatically transformed. It is important for business managers to keep in mind what kind of ambience their employees find the most comfortable. It is even more important to know the correlation between productivity and creativity, and different workspace designs

Based on data collected by an office space design solution company, about 77% of the employees have their assigned workstation at office. However, 77% employees spend between 2 to 4 hours every day working at a different place other than their workstation. This goes to show the importance of common spaces in an office setting. These informal space focussed designs are becoming mainstream.

workstation areas

Fig 1 workstation area

The Demand for Informal Spaces

In the same survey mentioned above, about 51% employees stated that they need a ‘break’ from their daily workspace during office times, irrespective whether they work in a team or alone. Moreover, 43% of the employees believe informal spaces enact a profound trust among colleagues. Given the importance of informal spaces in an office setting it is surprising that 53% cannot find the perfect informal space for work and, nearly 40% of the office workers felt that sufficient informal spaces are not available in their office. 

Fig 2 fun activities at office

Making Informal Spaces Better

The survey mentioned earlier asked employees how to make an informal spaces more amiable and enjoyable. A few of common points emerged. Firstly, most respondent wanted more greenery and naturalistic surroundings and over 45% respondents wanted more greenery and plants. Secondly, about 41% employees mentioned the need for specific spaces for informal interactions, such as cafeteria, semi enclosed workspaces, support spaces, etc. Finally, approximately 37% employees feel that comfort and design matters the most. Better functional design means better productivity.

Fig 3 Friday Fun 

Generational Perception of Informal Spaces

Employees across age groups prefer informal spaces, but their requirements from such spaces differ dramatically. For example dining lounges are place of entertainment and to socialise, whereas for minnenials and gen z it’s a place to work privately. Older generations prefer quiter places to work, compared to the younger generations. More importantly, older generations prefer to stick to their favourite spot while the younger generation is more open to moving things around based on the kind of interaction in the space.

Fig 4 Dinning Lounges 

Geographical variations in the perception of informal spaces

The survey indicated that, employees in community-focussed cultures spent the least time at their workstations and maximum time at a collectively owned or shared workspaces. Whilst workers in more individualistic cultures work in more traditional spaces and are tend to stick at their own workstation.

These trends showcase the importance of an informal space in an office space. Business managers should consider these before finding their next office space. We at ImpactR have the capabilities to assist you in finding the perfect office space for your business.

 

In the post pandemic world, the expectations from the workplace have dramatically transformed. It is important for business managers to keep in mind what kind of ambience their employees find the most comfortable. It is even more important to know the correlation between productivity and creativity, and different workspace designs

Based on data collected by an office space design solution company, about 77% of the employees have their assigned workstation at office. However, 77% employees spend between 2 to 4 hours every day working at a different place other than their workstation. This goes to show the importance of common spaces in an office setting. These informal space focussed designs are becoming mainstream.

workstation areas

Fig 1 workstation area

The Demand for Informal Spaces

In the same survey mentioned above, about 51% employees stated that they need a ‘break’ from their daily workspace during office times, irrespective whether they work in a team or alone. Moreover, 43% of the employees believe informal spaces enact a profound trust among colleagues. Given the importance of informal spaces in an office setting it is surprising that 53% cannot find the perfect informal space for work and, nearly 40% of the office workers felt that sufficient informal spaces are not available in their office. 

Fig 2 fun activities at office

Making Informal Spaces Better

The survey mentioned earlier asked employees how to make an informal spaces more amiable and enjoyable. A few of common points emerged. Firstly, most respondent wanted more greenery and naturalistic surroundings and over 45% respondents wanted more greenery and plants. Secondly, about 41% employees mentioned the need for specific spaces for informal interactions, such as cafeteria, semi enclosed workspaces, support spaces, etc. Finally, approximately 37% employees feel that comfort and design matters the most. Better functional design means better productivity.

Fig 3 Friday Fun 

Generational Perception of Informal Spaces

Employees across age groups prefer informal spaces, but their requirements from such spaces differ dramatically. For example dining lounges are place of entertainment and to socialise, whereas for minnenials and gen z it’s a place to work privately. Older generations prefer quiter places to work, compared to the younger generations. More importantly, older generations prefer to stick to their favourite spot while the younger generation is more open to moving things around based on the kind of interaction in the space.

Fig 4 Dinning Lounges 

Geographical variations in the perception of informal spaces

The survey indicated that, employees in community-focussed cultures spent the least time at their workstations and maximum time at a collectively owned or shared workspaces. Whilst workers in more individualistic cultures work in more traditional spaces and are tend to stick at their own workstation.

These trends showcase the importance of an informal space in an office space. Business managers should consider these before finding their next office space. We at ImpactR have the capabilities to assist you in finding the perfect office space for your business.