Office Workplace Survey 2017

As more and more companies are opting for a more agile and dynamic work environment to increase productivity and optimize their real-estate footprint, new challenges are emerging.

In the light of this, we conducted this survey of office workers to understand their attitudes toward some of the challenges in the modern workplace, and how new workplace policies like hot-desking are impacting office workers.

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Key findings from report


of office workers spend as much as 60 minutes every week searching for available desks, conference rooms, or colleagues

“It’s too many steps to find a conference room”

Survey respondent, works in a 2000 employee office


of respondents say that is time consuming to find an available conference room for impromptu meetings.

“We can never do anything spur of the moment here, everything has to be planned out just so we can have a conference room”

Survey respondent, works in a 500 employee office


of respondents say that locating an employee from another department or area can be time consuming.

“Every floor is a new adventure to find out where meetings are or where colleagues are located”

Survey respondent, works in a 5000 employee office

Wasted time,
lost productivity

Corporate America’s desire to optimize productivity has ushered in trends such as free lunches and dry-cleaning services on-site, part-time telecommuting options, and hot-desking. But while optimizing workers’ time is important, many companies overlook the time wasted in simple location-based activities.

How we calculated

  • # of US Workers = 150 Million (US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics – took total full- and part-time employees to get 151,436,000
  • % of US workers employed in offices = 41%, or 61.5 Million office workers (Kaiser Family Foundation and US Census Bureau)
  • 4 in 10 of office workers spend up to 60 minutes per week searching for available conference rooms (from survey: 39.6%)
  • 40% of 61.5 Million = 24.6 Million workers spending up to 60 minutes each week searching for a desk, conference room or colleague
  • 24.6 Million workers x 52 weeks (1 hour/week/year) = 1.279 Billion hours per year
  • 1.279 Billion hours divided by 8 hours (workday) = 160 Million days
  • Average pay for US worker is $859/week ($44,668 annually, $21.48/hour) (US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $21.48 x 1.279 Billion wasted hours = $27.5 Billion
  • $27.5 Billion divided by $44,668 annual salary rate = 615,653 jobs, or roughly 12,313 jobs for each of the 50 US states.
  • 151 square feet per employee x $39/sq ft/year = $5,889 (CoreNet Global / Cushman & Wakefield)
  • $5,889 x 125 (25% of 500 employees) = $736,125
  • $5,889 x 250 (50% of 500 employees) = $1.47 million
  • $5,889 x 1250 (25% of 5,000 employees) = $7.36 million
  • $5,889 x 2,500 (50% of 5,000 employees) = $14.72 million