When IKEA product design developer Emma Johansson needs to focus at work and doesn't want to be distracted, she brings her laptop to one of the high focus rooms - a room with office cubicles so quiet you could hear a pin drop. More often she is in meetings, or gathers her team in one of the workshop areas where they can pin sketches on the felted room dividers. According to Emma, she spends approximately two hours a day sitting down at a desk.
Emma works with products for office spaces, such as storage, desks and tables. She has also focused on how activity-based workspaces are best designed, and has studied many offices around the world. The two hours a day she spends at a desk is pretty representative for most of her colleagues. “Before the activity-based workspace was introduced here at IKEA and everyone still had their own desk, we did occupancy studies to see how the workplaces were being used. It showed that the average co-worker spent 23% of their time at a desk. Those numbers are not unique to us, you will find this in many workplaces,” says Emma.