If you’ve ever felt annoyed with the distractions of an open-floorplan, it turns out you may have a great reason to complain – because there’s a strong relationship between productivity and office design.
In the U.S., it is estimated that up to $550 billion is lost in profits annually due to lost productivity. And as towering as this figure goes, Europe trails at a still considerable €242 billion annually as estimated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
The evolution of office design is essential to meet the shifting needs and expectations of new generations of employees. While there are a number of factors that influence the amount of stress workers deal with, office design can play a huge part in reducing, or contributing, to that stress.
While adequate light and ventilation matter, design needs to consider much more to meet the psychological needs of employees. New generations of workers desire a workplace that nurtures their creativity, allows a healthy work-life balance, and enables them to work when, where, and how they want.
In the infographic below, you can learn more about how offices have adapted to the changing needs of employees over the decades. Created for USC Dornsife’s Applied Psychology Program, a university based in California, this graphic also includes some unique innovations at the offices of tech leaders such as Google and Facebook which hint at innovations to come.