Surprise survey result: The way to improve the office is to eliminate it

Tuesday was “Improve Your Office Day.” To mark this momentous occasion, surveyed 300 workers to find out what would make life at the office better for them. It stands to reason that an office supply company was hoping to hear answers like fancy, new printers, snazzier paper clips or comfier chairs, but one of the top results was a change no merchant can supply: Getting rid of the office entirely.

While a healthy 37 and 35 percent of respondents fulfilled Staples’ dreams and suggested better office technology and furniture would brighten up life at the office, an even larger percentage (41 percent) thought the best improvement that could be made was not seeing the office at all. That’s the percentage that cited allowing or encouraging telecommuting as likely to improve American offices.

The only modification that won more support was eliminating office politics at 44 percent. Perhaps it isn’t surprising that adding telecommuting and removing office politics took the top slots, as research has shown previously that one of the most undersung benefits of remote work is how it reduces perceptions of and participation in office politics. Distance, in the case of colleagues, does seem to make the heart grow fonder.

Is the best improvement to the office getting rid of the need to be there?

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