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Workplace Comfort Web Survey 44% of respondents have felt that “meeting spaces are uncomfortable and it’s hard to talk.” What is your ideal layout?

[Workplace Comfort Web Survey] 44% of respondents have felt that “meeting spaces are uncomfortable and it’s hard to talk.” What is your ideal layout?

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Press release: June 28, 2024
[Workplace Comfort Web Survey] 44% of respondents have felt that “meeting spaces are uncomfortable and it’s hard to talk.” What is your ideal layout?
*44.4% of people have felt it difficult to talk due to the
“uncomfortable” meeting space. Research the ideal meeting layout for each situation*
“Is this only our company?” “Are other companies doing something different?” By knowing the situation of other companies, you can see points for improvement in your own company.
In this corner, we conduct web research on familiar themes related to “comfort in the workplace.”
We will report the results.

The theme this time is…
* [What is the ideal layout in such a case? 】*

Does the company you currently work for have a *meeting space that you can choose according to your purpose?
Even though we simply call it a “meeting,” there are many different situations. There are things you want to talk about in an environment where no one is around, and there are things you want to talk about in an open atmosphere! There are some things that make you feel that way. This time, we conducted a survey of 500 desk-based office workers, asking them about their “ideal meeting layout” for each situation.

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* [Summary of survey results] *
■* 44.4% of people have felt it difficult to talk due to the “uncomfortable” * meeting space.
■The reasons why I found it difficult to talk were: * I didn’t want the people around me to hear what I was talking about * , * I couldn’t concentrate because of the noise around me * , *
Because it feels oppressive and makes me nervous * etc.
■When asked about the ideal layout for each situation, they found that in situations where you have to “report something difficult to say to your boss,” * “feeling surrounded” is important *
“90 degree” seating arrangement received more votes than others when “asking juniors about their problems,” and so on.
The layout required differs depending on the situation *.

* [Survey implementation information]*
Method: Internet survey
Collection date: June 17, 2024
Target: Office workers across Japan who work in offices with 100 or more employees, mainly desk work, but not fully remote work. Number of samples: 500 people

* Q1. Have you ever felt that it was difficult to talk or that you wanted to change the location because the meeting space was
uncomfortable? *
First, when we asked respondents whether they had ever felt that it was difficult to talk or wanted to change the meeting space due to the uncomfortableness of the meeting space, a total of 44.4% answered “often” or “sometimes,” while 44.4% answered “not often.” The total number of respondents who answered “Not at all” was 55.6%.

* Q1-2. Please tell me about a specific situation when you felt it was difficult to speak. *
■I don’t want people around me to hear it
“Even when I tried to talk to my close classmates, it was difficult because *it was open*.”
“During a meeting with an industrial physician, I couldn’t say what I wanted to say because I felt like everyone around me could hear me talking.”
“When you have something you don’t want to talk about in an open space,” the only available space is an open space.”

■I can’t concentrate because of the noise around me
“When I was having a discussion in a small group, it was quiet at first, but when the surroundings gradually became noisy, I regretted that I had chosen a separate room.”
did”
“I was concerned about the sounds around me and people talking, so I wanted to move to a quieter environment.”

■Feeling pressured and nervous
“When I talked to my boss, I was taken to a place that looked like the president’s office, which made me nervous.”
“* I felt pressured to have an interview with my boss when I was facing him*, so I often felt like I wanted to change seats, such as sitting next to him.”
“The meeting space for two people is sufficient space, but it feels oppressive, so…
When talking about heavy topics, the atmosphere tends to become heavy.

It seems that about 40% of people have experienced feeling like “meeting spaces are uncomfortable and it’s hard to talk.” When asked about the specific situation at that time, *
We received comments such as not wanting people around me to hear what I was talking about, * having trouble concentrating because of the noise around me, and * feeling pressured and nervous *.

* Q2. When you have a meeting in the following situations, what kind of space do you feel would make it easier to talk? *

In this survey, we presented the following four situations to help respondents imagine more specific situations.

* [Situations presented in this survey] *

1. When reporting something that is difficult to say to your boss 2. When brainstorming ideas with colleagues
3. When asking your juniors if they have any troubles
4. When giving a presentation to the department head

For each of the above, * “Feeling of enclosure” *, * “Seating arrangement” *, * “Sense of distance” *
We collected responses to three items and tabulated the results. I will introduce each situation in order, starting with the first situation.

1. When reporting something that is difficult to say to your boss For the item “feeling of being surrounded,” the majority answered “surrounded,” for “seating arrangement,” the votes were for
“face-to-face” and “90 degrees,” and for “feeling of distance,” the votes were for “somewhat close” and “very close.” We gathered. *Items that received 30% or more votes are shown in yellow (the same applies below).

*Summary of survey*

2. When brainstorming ideas with colleagues
For “feeling of being surrounded,” the majority of respondents chose “not enclosed (open)” and “partially enclosed,” for “seating arrangement,” the majority chose “face-to-face,” and for “feeling of distance,” the majority chose “slightly close.” Ta.

*Summary of survey results*

3. When asking your juniors if they have any troubles
The results for “feeling of being surrounded” were “surrounded” and “partially enclosed,” “seating arrangement” was “face-to-face” and “90 degrees,” and “feeling of distance” was “somewhat close” and “very close.” became.

*Summary of survey results*

4. When giving a presentation to the department head
The results for “feeling of being surrounded” were “surrounded” and “partially enclosed,” “seating arrangement” was “face-to-face,” and “feeling of distance” was “slightly close.”

*Summary of survey results*

* Overall summary *
As a result of the survey, it was found that approximately 40% of people have felt it difficult to talk due to uncomfortable meeting spaces. The reason is *
Some people said that they didn’t want people around them to hear what they were talking about, *couldn’t concentrate because of the noise around them*, and *could feel pressured and nervous*.

When asked about the ideal layout for each situation, the emphasis was on a “feeling of enclosure” in situations where “reporting something difficult to say to a superior,” and “a 90-degree layout” was emphasized in situations in which “asking juniors about problems” compared to other situations. “Votes were gathered for the seating arrangement of *
The results show that the ideal layout * differs depending on the situation.

In order for employees to communicate comfortably, it may be important to provide a variety of meeting spaces that can be chosen according to the purpose.

With the same theme as the situation presented in this survey, we also held a layout making experience session using miniature models! Please read this together.
* ▶ “What is the ideal layout in a situation like this?” Report on a layout making experience session using miniature models *
* https://kagu.plus.co.jp/3896/*

About Plus Furniture Company Co., Ltd.
Plus Furniture Company manufactures and sells office furniture and office interior supplies, as well as designs spaces for offices, hotels, residences, and medical, welfare, and educational facilities. Our office “PLUS DESIGN” located in Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo CROSS (Plus Design Cross) offers tours (advance reservations required) where you can see employees actually working and see the ideas behind the office design. Please see the website for details.
https://kagu.plus.co.jp/designcross/

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