Workspace is waning, according to a recent study. From 1994 to 2010, the average office worker lost 15 square feet of work space.
According to the International Facility Management Association, the average office worker had 90 square feet of office space in 1994. Fast-forward to 2010, and the average workstation had decreased to 75 square feet.
Senior office workers also saw their work space shrink. Over the same six year period, their offices decreased from an average of 115 square feet to 96 square feet. However, not everyone’s office space got downsized. Executive management actually saw an increase in square footage.
Do smaller cubicles lead to cranky employees? Not according to Martha Johnson, of the General Services Administration. According to Johnson, many employees aren’t affected by the closer quarters. In fact, she estimates 30% to 50% of work space isn’t used because of meetings or travel.
If you are feeling a little cramped at work, try sprucing up your cubicle or office. Need some inspiration? For some off-the-wall ideas, read Cool Office Gadgets for Everyone, Even Bacon Lovers.