Facilitated by technology, we are now working more than 1/3rd of our day.  In fact during the last two decades, the average salaried workers hours rose from 43 to 47 hours per week, and the number of people working more than 50 hours grew from 24% to 37%*.

With the increasingly mobile workforce and teleworkers, the chances are that employees are just as likely to be answering email at 10pm and on personal social media at 10am.

Research has shown that telework is not always a panacea to engagement or productivity**. In fact recent trends are towards increasing physical presence in the office.  This is not to facilitate micro management rather it is to ensure adequate opportunity to collaborate and create value is present.

Office spaces that blur the lines between home and work will enhance productivity, engagement and reduce absenteeism.  While the definition of comfort and productivity is difficult to define there is clear evidence to support the relationship between comfortable, well designed offices and productivity.

 

 

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Diane E. Bailey and Nancy B. Kurland,(Jun, 2002), Special Issue: Brave New Workplace: Organizational Behavior in the Electronic Age, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 4, Age pp. 383-400(article consists of 18 pages) Published by: Wiley DOI: 10.2307/4093813 Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4093813

 

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