We spoke to over 500 office workers to explore productivity in office environments and challenge preconceptions and understanding of why "one size does not fit all". This survey was run in partnership with the Middle East Council for Offices (MECO).

Corporate occupiers, globally, are taking a fresh look at their real estate in a drive around saving costs and enabling their businesses. With clear evidence that employee productivity is directly affected by the environment within which they work, that working at home isn’t always the right solution for everyone and that the 100% open-plan office layout is as much a barrier as it is a supporter of flexible working, a fresh look at what people want and need in an office is overdue.

In addition, the Middle East has seen a significant influx of multi-national companies over recent years which, when coupled with the requirements of local companies, has created a wide variety of occupation styles across commercial office space in the region.

Survey analysis

This paper looks at the survey of office workers in the Middle East region to understand their working habits, motivations, likes, dislikes, access to light, working environment etc. The data will be used to model a statistical analysis of how people occupy the workspace, how they feel most content and what may affect their productivity. Crucially, conclusions will be drawn as to how the physical design of a commercial office may respond to these needs and create a more productive workspace. The survey covers the combined data base of MECO, RICS and other connections, together with targeted specific occupiers.

Infographic: survey findings and key highlights

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