Most Productive Work Environments

Most Productive Work Environments

Proof Point

Majority of U.S. employees across all age groups surveyed by PSB are most productive in office environments, either in company desks or shared spaces

Most Productive Work Environments

2016 (percentage of respondents)

Note: Data based on Penn Schoen Berland (PSB)’s 2016 study of U.S. employees, adults who work more than 35 hours a week, from seven industries: education, government, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media & entertainment, and retail.

Proof Point Findings

  • Most Productive in Office – Seven in ten (70%) American employees surveyed most productive in office environments, with 55% saying their best work comes while working at office desk, while 15% mentioned shared office spaces
  • Non-Office Environments – Non-office environment productivity highest among Millennials at 29%, compared to 19% for Gen X and 15% for Baby Boomers
  • Key Drivers – Include emergence of remote communications technologies, growing demand for greater work flexibility, rising number of Millennials in workforce, and proliferation of social and/or collaboration platforms and shared workspaces


Market Disruption


Education, Financial Services, Government (excluding military), Healthcare/Health Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, Wholesale and Retail Trade


Date Last Updated

January 16, 2018

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