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Office Space Configurations Impact Employee Productivity

In an ever increasing technology-driven workplace, office layouts and workflow configurations matter even more than ever, says CBRE.According to a new research report from CBRE Group, Inc., a balance of different types of workspaces within an office environment is the key to improving worker productivity.When a company provides a variety of work spaces that employees can select from, CBRE says satisfaction levels increase 10 - 15 percent.  Companies are also supporting the way employees work today: Research shows office workers spend less than 50 percent of their time at their desks, and the majority of their time interacting with others.  

"By creating workplace solutions that reflect how people work and what they value, organizations can drive measurable improvements in employee satisfaction and business productivity while reflecting their brands and value to customers," said Gary Baragona, Director of Research and Analysis for CBRE. 

 "Collectively, this data suggests that organizations that can provide flexibility and choice will create greater office efficiencies and higher levels of employee satisfaction," said Lenny Beaudoin, Senior Managing Director of Workplace Strategy for CBRE. "By more intensely using their real estate assets, companies are able to reinvest in technology and a suite of services that can make the new workplace environment a reality for their employees."

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Other findings from the CBRE report include: 

In an increasingly virtual world, employees have a stronger sense of community and value the opportunity to connect face to face.  Therefore, companies are creating more transparent environments where employees can see each other working, with easy access to spaces for formal and informal interaction.

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Remote information accessibility is the most important workplace attribute identified by employees, yet is also the poorest-performing measure of employee satisfaction, according to a study conducted by CBRE's Workplace Strategy group. Companies are responding by increasingly allowing employees to self-select the type of technology that supports the way they work, in addition to self-selecting the type of workspace that is best suited for the task at hand.

Millennials want choice.  The report finds that Millennials prefer a mix of work environments - 52 percent want a mix of working at home and in an office, while 41 percent prefer to work mainly from one office.  Only seven percent of Millennials prefer to work mainly from home.


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