Open plan offices are prevalent but landlords may have got it wrong

by Steve Randall on 21 Oct 2019

Collaborative open plan offices, areas to relax, and great meeting rooms; these are the things of modern workplaces.

But despite the increasing prevalence of these spaces, most workers don’t actually want them according to a new survey by B2B ratings and reviews platform Clutch.

It found that just 28% of respondents prefer an office with an open office space while more than half want private offices. And private space is a more important feature of a workspace than places to relax (14%), quiet spaces (13%), small collaborative spaces (11%), and large meeting rooms (11%).

Overall, the research shows that although there are general trends of U.S. office spaces, there is no longer a “typical” office space. The perfect office space varies based on companies’ needs and objectives.

Half of respondents said they would value a view or a deck in a traditional office.

The survey found that 49% of respondents said that they prefer their office to be near their home; this was more important than any other office location perk, although being close to restaurants is also a valued feature.

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