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Staff and Student Satisfaction of Shared Spaces in CIRS Brohman, Isabella; Higo, Haruka; Rualo, Joshua; Kelderman, Tammy; Sun, Tao


Finding the right balance between shared and private spaces is an important factor to consider for offices and universities not only to increase worker productivity, but also to increase overall satisfaction. In the current study, we investigate the differences in staff and student satisfaction between shared and private spaces in the Centre for Interactive Research and Sustainability (CIRS) and the factors that drive those preferences. To gather our data, we survey staff and students on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the CIRS building. Our results found that students are significantly more dissatisfied with the amount of private space compared to shared space in the building, and those who are dissatisfied are weakly correlated with private, non-collaborative use of the area. However, we didn’t find significant differences between the level of satisfaction of the spaces among staff. Furthermore, the staff who were more satisfied with the amount of shared space were correlated with more collaborative use of the area. Based on the results, we recommend that a combination of both shared and private space would be optimal for increasing staff and student satisfaction, with a greater emphasis on private spaces. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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