UAE. Latest research by Regus, the flexible workspace provider has revealed that workers in the Middle East regard partially enclosed workstations as the ideal spot for concentration (79%). It follows that 79% confirm this is also the most productive setting for work.
In order to discover what type of space workers find most stimulating, Regus commissioned research canvassing over 380 business people in the Middle East and found that partially enclosed desks are leaders in productivity, while fully enclosed offices are the best design to protect worker’s privacy (78%). Open plan offices were seen as ideal for fostering communications among departments (75%).
Other key findings in the Middle East
• Partially enclosed workstations are also more quiet than open plan offices with 44% saying that they find them noisy compared with 71% for open plan spaces;
• In spite of this, open plan spaces are key to fostering cooperation (72%);
• When working remotely, out of the main office, business lounges are seen as delivering the best of both worlds promoting both productivity (63%) and networking (72%).
Kory Thompson, Regus Country Manager UAE, Oman & Kuwait, comments, “Contemporary workers have several design options available to them when it comes to desk space. Gone are the days of enclosed offices for senior staff and open plan reception areas, now it is much more common to find workers from different departments and functions sharing open spaces, but what is the impact on productivity and concentration?
“It’s hardly surprising to find that business people regard noisy open spaces as less productive, but it is interesting to find that their preference is actually for a ‘golden mean’: the partially enclosed office space that allows them to benefit from the collaborative environment of open space offices without their thoughts being drowned out by background noise. When out of the office, workers confirm this preference, avoiding noisy cafes and reporting that business lounges offer both productivity and networking.”
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, with a network of 2,850 locations in over 1,000 towns and cities, across 107 countries, serving 2.3m members.
Through our range of office formats, as well as our growing mobile, virtual office, and workplace recovery businesses, we enable people and businesses to work where, when, and how they want, with a range of price points.
Our customers include some of the most successful entrepreneurs, start-ups and multi-billion dollar corporations.
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