I have some serious conference room envy.
February 20, 2012 3:25 PM Subscribe
Data on office layout & team collaboration? My workgroup needs more conference rooms, and I'd love to have studies to back up my suggestion.
posted by samthemander to Work & Money (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a megacorp with a very silo-ed structure. Different departments work in very different work environments.
I'm on a floor of 130+ communications-oriented employees, and there's only one conference room. Obviously, this room is in high-demand and pretty much always booked.
There's nowhere to collaborate... when people need to work together, the choices are: a) do it by phone, b) take over an executive office if he/she is on vacation, or c) plan ahead by 24 hours and book a conference room located 30 floors down. THIS IS NOT OPTIMAL. It means we do not collaborate enough, and our team is actively struggling to improve our collaboration. (See: "megacorp with a very silo-ed structure")
What I would love to find is a study that says: "Employees in office settings with a ratio of X workers to Y meeting spaces are Z% more collaborative/productive/$better."
Bonus question: If you've worked in a similar situation, how did your team facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing?