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Open vs. Closed Office Space: OH, PA & MI Businesses Deliberate [Survey Results]

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By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL 

The New Yorker called it the “open-office trap.” Inc said, “…open plans are better after all.” The debate over open versus closed workspaces is far from over.

Naturally, we wanted to know firsthand: What do business professionals in our neck of the woods prefer? Do they feel more productive in a cubicle, or a shared area?

Between September 23 and October 10, JLL’s regional office conducted a survey—targeting local business professionals in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania—to find out what’s really trending in office space. Out of 100 survey recipients, 84 percent said their office environment is either very important (42 percent) or important (42 percent) to individual success. So, it’s critical that employers pay attention and provide a desirable, attractive place to work.

What’s Trending in Office Space?

Of those surveyed, just over half (51 percent) currently work in an environment with a good mix of open and closed space. Another 36 percent work in more traditional offices, and only 10 percent reported working in an open office, with no private zones.

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Survey Findings: Leading Trends

1. A majority of survey respondents (35 percent) said open, collaborative office space hinders individual productivity. Another 16 percent said these types of workplaces fuel their creativity and productivity.

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2. When considering a new company or employer, real estate is definitely a factor (but not critical) in 70 percent of respondents’ decision-making process.

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3. Eighty percent said their dream office would include a good balance of open and closed space.

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