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66 percent of office workers use a computer, report says: 1988.

Steelcase has released "The Office Environment Index 1987 Summary Report," the third in a series following similar reports issued in 1978 and 1980.

Perhaps the most startling statistic produced by the 1987 report is that 66 percent of the office workers surveyed operate a computer terminal attached to a mainframe or to a personal computer. Most office design prophets did not foresee percentages reaching this great height before the early 1990s.

Equally startling is that 45 percent of the top executives who were surveyed also have a computer terminal in their office. Of this 45 percent, 69 percent use their terminal regularly.

The report says that interior designers and facility managers believe "design priorities in the future will shift from an overriding concern with productivity and cost of space to an even greater concern with accommodating computer equipment." The report also states, "Providing furniture and office arrangements designed to help people use computer terminals and PCs ... is the number one design issue both groups expect to become more important in the next ten years."
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Title Annotation:BLASTS FROM THE PAST--News, notes and commentary culled from the back pages of Wood & Wood Products and its ancestral publications
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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