Trying to create the perfect office atmosphere? There are a number of things you’re going to want to keep in mind. There are also some fascinating bits of trivia to learn along the way.
Office Space Facts And Figures
There are a few different office space types to consider. There is also the possibility of working from home, which has a number of fascinating things to reveal on its own. Creating the perfect office space means taking various facts and figures into consideration:
1. Thirty-eight percent of college-educated Americans who are gainfully employed do a certain percentage of their work from home. Ten percent of U.S. workers are now working from home on a regular basis. Those who work from home reported fewer sick days, fewer breaks, and increased productivity owing to a number of factors.
2. The psychology of colors is well worth taking into account with an office space. For example, yellow indicates things like optimism and cheer. Red means intensity and energy. White implies a clean, neutral space. Black signifies authority and evil. Blue can inspire loyal, serene feelings.
3. The majority of employed Americans now work in open-space offices. While open-space offices now represent the majority, there are some notable downsides. These downsides can include a conversation, a ringing telephone, the noise of various machines, and the temperature in the office. All of these elements have had a negative impact on productivity to some degree. Older employees (45 and up) are considered to be more sensitive to these conditions.
4. Open-space offices also reported a higher number of sick days.
5. The majority of those who work in an open space dislike this atmosphere. They even feel that communication within their team has come apart.
6. Studies have indicated that enclosed private offices are not only preferred over open space offices, but that they also outperformed open space offices more often than not.
7. It’s interesting to note that the cubicle has shrunk in size between 2000 and the present. The average cubicle today is around one-hundred-ninety square feet.
The history of the office space reveals some fascinating experiments in the effort to achieve maximum efficiency. Taylorism ruled the office at the turn of the 20th century, giving way eventually to the German-inspired Burolandschaft. The action office became popular in the late 60’s, but you probably know it by the name cubicle. This eventually became the cube farm, with the virtual office failing miserably before the rise of open-space.