For many of us, the return to work has been gradual with some degree of social distancing in effect. We at Allsteel | Gunlocke, and on behalf of our customers, design and dealer partners, have been thinking about how analytics and insights from real-time data can help us plan, design and implement people-centered workplaces.
Our team wanted to see how ‘ready’ a typical organization is to implement social distancing. We partnered with global consulting firm Buro Happold who has more than a decade of experience researching the behavior of people within the workplace, how they use spaces, and what makes them productive. Together, we are learning ways to use this data to empower organizations so they can better utilize their workplaces, increase collaboration, and improve productivity and well-being.
• Orientation matters. A simple reconfiguration of furniture elements can increase utilization from 52% to 100%.
• A single, large community table can accommodate more socially distanced people than individual tables.
• Architectural elements can support higher utilization without construction trades, inconvenience, disruption, etc.
We look forward sharing our learnings and the potential impacts to future planning during this session.