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Six Vital Characteristics of the Most Productive Workplaces: No. 2

October 7, 2016

Research and analysis are ongoing; Herman Miller has identified several significant patterns in the way organizations and their design partners are using space to support new ways of working. Based on observation and study of the evolving workplace, Herman Miller's Living Office provides a basis of understanding and a framework for adapting needs for effective use of space.

After years of study, Herman Miller has gathered more than 70 distinct data points from 120 different floor plans. These plans represent organizations across a variety of industries. This research has yielded six significant trends in successful workplaces.

This is the second: From Oversized Conference Rooms to Precision-Fit Meeting Spaces

Research suggests that meeting rooms in buildings with traditional layouts are surprisingly underutilized. One study of meeting room occupancy across 24 organizations showed an average utilization rate of only 38 percent.

To make better use of the space, organizations are providing more, but smaller, settings where groups can gather on either a scheduled or ad hoc basis. Given the research findings that show that optimal team size is around five and that individuals working in small teams perform better than in larger teams, more spaces for groups of this size may actually contribute to results and productivity.

The nature of work has changed dramatically. To provide a platform for the best work and results, the places we work, learn, heal, and collaborate must evolve as well. Contact us to speak to a workplace specialist. Read the full Herman Miller white paper Measure What Matters (PDF).

Six Vital Characteristics of the Most Productive Workplaces; (condensed from Herman Miller’s white paper Measure What Matters); TWO of SIX