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Behind Cubicle Walls

What are American offices really like?

Every company wants a staff of talented and creative people who are capable of solving some of its industry’s biggest problems. However, securing the best team and generating the most productive work culture aren’t always easy tasks. Unforeseen challenges often arise, especially in the office environment, where problems left unchecked will quickly erode employee morale.

So what is the typical American work culture really like? We surveyed 1,000 office workers (or people who have worked in an office in the last year) to get a better idea of which characteristics define the common workplace. The questions all revolved around a few basic but extremely important factors – social interaction, age differences, and communication effectiveness.

For example, younger employees’ views on availability and time off from work differ from the older generation’s views, and open floor plans aren’t very common despite perceptions of them as new fixtures of the office layout scene. To find out more about the state of work offices in America, check out the infographic below.

infographics on North American offices - 17% of employees dislike more people than they are friends with, a majority of relationships extend outside of the workplace but are 10% less likely to include management, as workers gain experience, it's possible they'll move into roles that require more availability outside of typical work hours, almost 73% of workplaces have spaces that consist of closed-off cubicles and private offices, employees mostly feel comfortable pitching new ideas to their bosses, bu they're not so confident when it comes to disagreeing with them, only 21% of employees consider themselves to be very knowledgeable about what happens in other departments

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