Alternative Spaces Likely to Grow in 2018
REPORT REVEALS OFFICE USE TRENDS
from sitting to standing positions can help
employees stand for longer periods of
time, thereby justifying the costs associated with these types of desks.
It is also important to communicate with
your occupants that if they use standing
desks, they need to position screens in a
manner that will not undo the ultimate
goal of positive posture from standing.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that employ-
ees with standing desks place the moni-
tor about an arm’s length away from and
directly in front of themselves. The top of
the screen should be at or just below eye
level. For those working with two moni-
tors, it is important to adjust based on
how the individual prioritizes the screens.
“If you have dual monitors, the location
of the monitors depends on the percentage of time you spend on each monitor
and the type of work being done,” Mayo
Clinic notes. “If you use both monitors
equally, place them close together on
an angle in front of you with their edges
Companies are reaching the limit of densification for personal workstations, leading many to
emphasize alternative spaces like collaborative areas for meetings and
private rooms for individual work,
according to a report by architectural
and interior design firm Ted Moudis
The company analyzed the 36
domestic projects it worked on during
2015 and 2016, representing over 2.4
million square feet of workspace and
14,575 workspaces, to gain insights
into how companies use office space. In
addition to the growth of specialty spaces, the firm also observed an increase
in clients opting for activity-based work
environments, as well as clients placing
a higher priority on spaces that promote
health and wellbeing.
“The conversations we’re having
today with clients are about how we
create the best workplace for their
employees,” explains Jamie Feuerborn,
Director of Workplace Strategy. “It’s
much less about how many people they
can fit in the space, but rather how
they can offer employees choices in
Insights for 2018 in the report include:
■ In 2017, alternative seating took up
52% of the workspace covered in
the study. This space type is likely
to increase in popularity, particularly
quiet rooms and individual spaces
that support focus work.
touching. If you use one monitor more
than 80% of the time, place that monitor
directly in front of you and the other monitor off to the side.”
Comfort is one of the best benefits of
standing desks, so make sure occupants
use them correctly. The last thing you want
to do after outfitting your facility with
standing desks is for them to go unused
because they aren’t working as intended.
Justin Feit firstname.lastname@example.org is
Associate Editor of BUILDINGS.
■ About 21.5% of seating was amenity-driven in 2017. Companies are likely
to increase the number of amenity
spaces targeting employee wellbeing.
■ Company cultures will become
increasingly aligned with activity-based work environments.
HOW IS OFFICE SEATING USED?
used for casual
work, cafe seating,
Seats free from
both visual and
in the open or
for teamwork and
TED MOUDIS ASSOCIATES