Your office isn’t what you think. Part three: space to grow.

By Laurie Goodman on 21 July 2017
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In the first part of this three-blog series, we exposed the misconception that people need to have their own desk at work. In the second part, we unveiled the real reasons why people think they can never get a meeting room. Here, we’ve used the same data – having surveyed over 14,000 employees, conducted in-depth interviews with more than 300 department heads and observed nearly 22,000 desks – to reveal the misconception that businesses need more space to grow.

Misconception #3: “We need more space to grow.”

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Business leaders often raise concerns about their inability to accommodate business growth in their existing space. This is reinforced with constant feedback that people need more space to work. Businesses therefore acquire additional space or relocate roles to other regions in order to free up space. Generally, this is irrespective of any real strategic benefits. At the same time, inconsistent workspace occupancies and densities are being overlooked – with some parts of the space used more than others. 

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The reality is that the workspace is never more than two-thirds full. This figure is based on us observing the number of people in the office, which also includes visitors! If accurate visitor data was also provided, the actual number of colleagues in the office would be even lower. So, while the building may feel full, it actually isn’t.

So why do most business leaders believe they need more space to grow when their buildings are never more than two-thirds full? Because they lack the evidence to fully understand how their space works, and the flexibility to make it work better for their actual needs. Implementing an agile working strategy combined with a layout that supports the way people actually work can increase efficiency and support businesses to continue to grow in the same space. Our conclusion? You may have more space than you think.

If you missed the first two parts of the series, here are misconception #1 and misconception #2.

Topics: workplace, research, data, interview, big data, spacelab, survey, desks, dynamic, meetings, office, visionary, perceptions, meeting rooms, unlocking space, misconception