Friendly neighbours


Companies can increase productivity levels by keeping an eye on where and how employees sit in the office. It is time to play musical chairs at work.

Activity-based workplaces have been talked about for a long time, in other words where employees do not have their own individual workplace in the office. There is now a new variation on this theme which can increase productivity levels at work. With whom and where you sit has been seen to be important in terms of productivity and cooperation. An employee's closest colleague at work stands for 40 to 60 per cent of the daily interaction, both face to face and by e-mail. This is why it is proposed that company managers, especially in smaller companies, should experiment with moving staff around in the office. Research has shown that if such workplace movement is successful, efficiency and ultimately profit levels can be increased. Perhaps it is time to switch desks at work?