Modern American workplace trends for 2020 #infographic

Modern American workplace trends for 2020 #infographic

In American workplaces, professionalism in the workplace continues to evolve, heading into 2020. Gone are the days of suits and cubicles with many new workplaces adopting the office environment more of a relaxed feel to try and lure and keep the top talent. Even cubicles, once the most popular form of workspaces, are gradually being phased out for more open layout offices which are more collaborative and inviting to the modern worker.

With this change to a more comfortable modern office setting, many workplaces are now being designed primarily with the employee in mind. Olivet Nazarene University recently surveyed over 2,000 American workers to learn more about the modern office to learn more about how many modern companies accept this transition. The surveyed asked about topics like office architecture, office efficiency, the rise of digital distractions in the workplace as well as the often-controversial subject of homework.  Let's look at just what they learned from their American Workers survey.

What kind of office are you working in?

The University of Olivet Nazarene first asked American workers what kind of office they are currently working in. Interestingly enough, only 28 percent of American workers said they were working in a booth at the moment. They found that most American workers are now working in some kind of open floor space (51%).
For a complete breakdown of the most popular type of office layout see below:

  1. Blend of open floor and private offices (34%)
  2.  Cubicles (28%)
  3.  Private offices (21%) 
  4. Open floor, reserved space (13%)
  5.  Off floor, no allocated room (5%)

Are you happy with the way you set up your current office?

The survey found more than 3⁄4 Americans are currently content with their office setup. Those who have their own workplace have said they were happiest.

For a complete breakdown of the happiness levels see below:

  1. Personal offices (90% happiness)
  2.  Open floor with private offices (79%) 
  3. Open floor, reserved space (74%) 
  4. Open floor, no assigned room (73%) 
  5. Cubicles (67%)
Business owners should note that the ones who currently work in cubicles are the least happy workers. The film office space might have been on to something!

Employee efficiency 

The next section of the survey questioned how productive American workers are in their current office setting, as well as the things they need to be the most productive and the things they like and hate most about their current office setup.

The survey found that nearly 70 per cent of workers in their current office say they currently operate at an optimized level of productivity. They survey found that private-office workers are the most productive and the least productive are the workers in the cubicles. Business owners should take note once again that workers report being the least happy at work and the least productive at work! American workers claim a quiet place, a designated office space, a comfortable desk and chair and the stuff they need to be the most productive while at work.

The survey then asked about the things that make workers happiest and unhappiest while they are at work. A Bo breakdown is listed below 

Working remotely The final part of Olivet Nazarene University's study dealt with the controversial topic of working from home or remotely. Another interesting data point from this survey segment found that nearly half of American workers said they were having difficulty interacting with remote colleagues. 

The main reasons people have trouble working with remote workers include availability (42 percent), problems of collaboration (25 percent), working in different time zones and communication problems (13 percent).
Consult the graph below at Olivet Nazarene University to see the full survey findings.

Modern American workplace trends for 2020 #infographic

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