A recent article in the Wall Street Journal on ‘The New Science of Who Sits Where at Work‘ highlighted some interesting facts about behaviours of people in the workplace: the fact that 40-60% of our interactions are with immediate office neighbours; that bringing people from different teams and departments into close proximity can increase productivity; and that emotions and moods are contagious and create specific cultures and atmospheres in the office.
However, the article did not consider the architectural or spatial perspective at all – how are workplaces designed? How does the layout of an office have an impact on interactions and people’s behaviours? Therefore I wanted to offer some thoughts on this based on my own research in the field, which was done in the tradition of ‘Space Syntax‘.
Here are some of the things we know about how and why spatial configuration matters:
For more information: https://spaceandorganisation.org/2013/10/11/who-sits-where-at-work-spatial/