99 Things You Need to Know Now
The Ultimate Perk
It’s no wonder some organizations are shifting toward unassigned personal spaces or simply reducing the number of spaces, especially if employees aren’t coming to the office regularly. But people say they still want personal spaces at their workplace, they just need to be better than the open-plan spaces they railed against before the pandemic. People have customized their home offices since then and the workplace has to be as good or better. New Steelcase global research tells us how important working alone is throughout the day.
2 Assigned workspace
3 Larger workspace
4 Personal ergonomic furniture
Busy backgrounds and a lack of boundaries distract during video calls.
Many spaces aren’t remote-ready. Power, lighting and monitors make it easier to connect.
Lack of informational privacy can prevent people from talking about or showing content on sensitive topics.
Fully enclosed enclaves, pods, screens, or shelves can provide diverse ways for people to seek out the right level of privacy for the type of work they’re doing. Well-curated backgrounds can provide a professional look free of distraction for those on the other side of the meeting.
For shared spaces, chairs should respond to bodies of all shapes and sizes and require few manual adjustments to get comfortable. People with assigned spaces will want a fully-adjustable chair they can dial in to their exact preferences, that keeps them comfortable longer.
More people can use the same space comfortably if shared, and those with assigned desks who may sit longer can change postures and keep moving.
A task light that is designed for
on-video experiences highlights people’s faces and helps them control their appearance on camera and make up for ambient light. A table lamp with a shade that provides a soft glow also works well.
it easier to toggle between tasks, but they can make it easier to share content on video.
External cameras can be repositioned or refocused so people or content can be seen well.
While power is standard in most personal spaces, in many shared spaces it can be an afterthought or costly to install, which is where flexible power comes in.
yet spend less time working alone
than individual contributors.
of their day doing focus work.
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