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Tech elites including Facebook, Google and Amazon are often at the top of job seekers lists, and understandably so, as these companies are notorious for offering generous perks like unlimited paid time off, flexible schedules and access to cutting edge technology. But while a recent Teem survey conducted via BuzzFeed found that 69 percent of respondents would be most excited about free meals, it also revealed that a number of widely held beliefs about the modern office are more fiction than fact.

The Open Office: Dead or Alive?

67percentopenoffice-300x231-1There has been a lot of debate about whether or not the open office floor plan is on its way out, but according to Teem’s survey results, the open office is neither dead nor thriving but evolving. What results from this evolution is an employee-built hybrid where teams are taking an open office and utilizing space in a way that works best for them and their team’s specific needs. When asked to describe current workplace layout, 87% of respondents noted an open office, while only 4% worked in private offices. However, while open offices are more prevalent, 41% of respondents would opt for a private office if they had the choice. In addition to that, Teem data shows that employees still use conference rooms to work solo about 74 minutes per day, proving that the secret to a productive office falls somewhere between collaborative workspace and dedicated areas for quiet, individual work.

Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity at work is a hot button topic that has risen in importance tenfold over the past few years. While many companies claim to employ a broad and diverse set of individuals, 67 percent of individuals surveyed by Teem stated that their workplace could be doing more to encourage diversity or that diversification was not a top priority in their office. A recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHERM) report noted that 41% of managers shy away from incorporating diversity initiatives because they are too busy, with Fortune reporting that women make up a measly 4.2% of CEOs in America’s 500 largest companies.

Although we have come a long way in creating workplaces that foster growth, inclusion, and opportunity for all, there is still work to be done.

Office Tiff or Fight Club?

In an ideal workplace, employees would be able to identify and rectify conflict before it occurs, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, bosses in particular often get a bad rap when disagreements inevitably occur. But is it true that the top dog often pulls rank on the little guy?  

43bossesarecreativehandson-279x300-1Teem’s survey findings indicated that 36% of individuals believe that workplace turmoil typically ends in a ‘win, win,’ situation, where both parties compromise for a mutually beneficial outcome. With that, only 10% of respondents reported their boss to be “clueless.” In fact, 43% found their bosses to be driven, hands-on, creative and authoritative. Turns out, “compromise” is much easier than most employees may think.

While every office is different and requires its own set of specifications on resources, culture, and processes, modern office misconceptions are often touted as general fact. Teem’s survey findings help shed light on how open office/private office hybrids can help to solve workplace layout issues, that diversity is still an uphill battle and perhaps most importantly, that bosses are people too. It is important that workplace leadership pay attention to what is being presented as truth and what their office actually looks like so that companies can adjust accordingly to evolve alongside the future of work.

What office misconceptions have you seen in your workplace? Let us know in the comments below!

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