Your Office Space Is Shrinking

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you’re feeling a little claustrophobic at work it could be because your work space is shrinking. The culprit: cost-cutting measures.

According to the International Facility Management Association, the average American office worker used to have about 90 square feet of office space to call their own. Now that same worker is down to just 75 square feet.

And bosses are sharing the pinch, as they’re seeing a cut in their office space from an average of 115 square feet to just 96 square feet.


What’s your take on this new type of office space? Do you wish you had more personal space at work? How big is your work space? We’d love to see some pictures — photos@wcco.comand measurements of what you’re dealing with in your office.

  • Jenny

    I don’t care so much about the space itself being smaller, but I can’t stand the short cube walls we have. I miss my tall walls that helped deaden the sound of 200 people on the office floor.

  • dave

    I always thought that I had a big cube, 8 by 8.(64 Sq Ft), I have had small ones 6 x ^, with short walls.

  • ed

    If DON S. is giving up his area everybody should here more

  • Nat

    While there is talk of our cubicles getting smaller over the summer, currently our office is taking measures to minimize the frequency of emptying the garbage and recycling from our desks. Rumor is we may not have receptacles under our desks for either, very soon.

  • Jon Page

    Having more office space to work in is nice. I think when you are in a crowded room your concentration is affected which often results in a less productive day. Here in the United Kingdom certain London office space providers allow a certain amount of room per person which I think is a good idea.

  • Bruce A

    I actually have to share a space that is no more than 8×8. I have no problem with it at all thanks to ROWE. I can work wherever I want. Work is something you do, not a place that you go.

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