Office design trends come in and out of fashion quicker than one can say “treadmill desk”, but there’s a good reason why managers are always obsessing about ways to improve their work spaces; it turns out that an office space can have a huge psychological impact on employees.

When creating an office layout, lighting, ventilation, and square yards are relatively easy to figure out. However, the tricky part is satisfying and motivating employees to be productive. When employees are forced into a workspace that does not accommodate for their workflow and needs, they’re far more likely to call in sick, put in a substandard effort, and even quit.

In fact, the impact of unmotivated employees on the U.S. economy is estimated to run nearly half a billion dollars annually. As new generations of employees enter the workforce, managers need to be conscientious of how the workspaces they provide adapts to their needs.

Created by USC Dornsife’s Masters of Applied Psychology Program, the infographic below breaks down how offices have evolved, what employees desire in the workplace today, and some examples from the offices of industry leaders:

 

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