Concurrents – Environmental Psychology: The Best Seat

Where, oh where, to sit? This is the question faced by many people when they head into their workplace. Even the employees who still have an assigned seat often have the flexibility to move to many different locations, depending on what they’re trying to get accomplished. When left to choose on their own, people often select the same seats every day, even when they have complete freedom to sit wherever they’d like. They also often sit right next to the people they know best. This can lead to professional silos. So can setting up floors based on which teams and teammates work together most frequently. That locks in whatever is happening now, for better or worse. For years Tom Allen of MIT’s Sloan School of Management has been suggesting locating people and groups so that chance encounters between members, at coffee pots and break areas, make encounters that can lead …