Tracy Brower, former director of human dynamics and work at Herman Miller, said, “Status is a fundamental human motivation—it’s evidence that the group values us.”
Brower points to how everything has changed from the traditional settings since there’s more of an emphasis on connection within offices these days.
She continued, saying, “On the human side, you’re challenged by the difficulty of connecting to other people and to work—providing that essential feeling of belonging—and on the facility side, you’re being asked to extract greater and greater value from every square inch of real estate.”
Additionally, she noted how there’s a new way of showing off status within the office space. “New studies show us that people will choose status over salary, and they are willing to accept a lower-ranking position if it’s associated within a group that they feel will deliver greater status. … The freedom to come and go as I please, being able to choose where I want to sit, getting assigned to a key account, posting to social media about the free organic Thai food in the cafeteria—these are all ways that people sense status now.”