The Current Trend in Office Furniture: Encouraging Collaboration in the Workplace
“One of the biggest trends in the office furniture industry today is the decline of the cubicle. The cubicle walls are coming down and their allowing employees to interact and collaborate”, according to Jenny-Lynn Georgiades, Director of Architectural and Design Support Services at Waldners Business Environments.
Since the early 80’s the size of a typical workstation has decreased 35-40%. Employees increasingly work in other places than their dedicated office or cubicle. I have read various studies which indicate that employees work in their dedicated space in a range of 38-45% of the time. Today, many companies are designing office space to incorporate more informal meeting areas and open spaces organized around teams to improve collaboration.
“They’re using the open office space that’s left over when they shrink those workstations and doing more with the in-between areas, often intermixing lounge areas where people are working with their laptops. They’re incorporating informal meeting areas at regular height or even cafe height for more of that Starbucks feel” says Georgiades.
About Waldners: Waldner’s Business Environments Inc. markets office furniture of brands such as OFS, Metro, Kimball, Steelcase, KI, and Hon. The company also offers furniture storage and refurbishing services. Waldner’s Business Environments was founded in 1939 and is based in New York City.