Olivet Nazarene University’s The Truth About Modern Offices asked 2,009 people how satisfied they are with their office environment, and in what ways it contributes to their happiness and productivity. In terms of office productivity, 35% said they need a quiet location, 24% dedicated office space, 22% a comfortable chair, and 8% a door on their office. On average, respondents have eight conversations in-person per day and nine conversations on messaging platforms. Of the 54% that use instant messaging platforms like Slack, half say they use them more for socializing than is appropriate. Despite this potential for distraction, only one in five say it hurts productivity.
As comfortable as working from home may be, it’s not without its downfalls. Over half of respondents (58%) say they’re less productive at home and 80 percent admit to multitasking more, choosing to focus on things like laundry, family, or television. Communication habits change as well: 56% say they communicate less with their coworkers than they normally would, leading one in three to feel isolated or lonely.