100% Unassigned Workplace - Good or Bad?

100% Unassigned Workplace - Good or Bad?


October 2015

What is the difference between "Alternative Workplace Strategy" and "Hoteling"? What if a business wants to go 100% unassigned? How would 100% unassigned workplaces affect collaboration, quantity, and density concerns? Research is greatly lacking due to most company's preferring to not share their experiments openly. Most design firms have NDAs with these same companies, so research is not flowing - yet. There are lesson learned circulating that 100% unassigned workplaces don't work well since some people need to be found on a daily basis. Yes, workplaces can be 100% non-assigned. However, there are beliefs developing that it is best to segment such an environment into smaller social units with differentiated design types (team identity, branding, furniture configurations, and activity levels). Differentiation can provide behavioral clues for people to choose their best suited work environment. The belief is that such variation may create stronger social groups capable of producing greater business results. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion on the profound issues surrounding the simple question: "Who gets an assigned seat?"

Keywords: Los Angeles Summit 2015, Design, Assigned, Space, Microsoft

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