EVIDENCE

For a better working style, people are paying more attention on "efficiency" and "teamwork".

What benefits a Bushitsu brings to the workplace?

Ease of having meetings effectively

74%

Higher engagement to the team

72%

Opportunity to catch up woth peers

63%

Ease of information sharing among the teampeers

Availability of a space for confidential conversation

59%

54%

Source: Research by Okamura (2019)

VISION

The future of work requires equal parts of individual autonomy and teamwork.

Work Style is changing — bringing together the best of tradition with new thinking and global best practices. Understanding the interplay of people, architecture, and furniture in a space equips you to shape modern, high performing, human-centered offices. So your employees can work smarter and happier, wherever and whenever work happens.

As a global company, Okamura has studied best practices through history and from around the world to understand how office spaces are evolving. With more choices than ever, we are creating furniture that supports how people work best. Drawing upon Designated Desk Workspaces, Hot Desking, and Activity-Based Work Style employees today are more accountable for how they accomplish individual work more than ever before. But most work projects are team work — individual efforts, woven together.

Individual autonomy

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Each employee chooses where to work, in order to bring his or her best efforts to the team.

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STYLES

COMMON AREA

Benching and shared desks maximize real estate.

Space for employees to accomplish daily

operational tasks: checking email, scheduling, reports, etc. If you have a quick question for your coworkers, it’s easy to ask and answer.

FOCUS AREA

Solo or group-based, employees want space to focus.

When speed and accuracy are critical, or quiet time is necessary for reflection and coming up with new ideas, employees want to work without distractions. Soundproof spaces also increase comfort.

BUSHITSU

Bringing team members together in their own spa

In an era of workplace reform, Okamura introduces the concept of Bushitsu, named after afterschool clubs famous across Japan, where members gather in teams around shared purpose, activities, interests, and goals. Owned by everyone in a particular division or department, it’s a home base that helps heighten one's sense of comradery and a feeling of belonging that often becomes obsolete when employees work individually.

CAFETERIA

Informal communication is key to success.

When looking to work in a casual way or relax on a short break employees want a space where conversation is open and fl ows freely. Impromptu interactions with acquaintances from other divisions and departments not only helps build team collaboration, but also job satisfaction.

MEETING AREA

Efficient meetings boost productivity.

Meeting areas are hubs for sharing information, expressing ideas, and conducting reviews. Designed for anything from formal board meetings to more casual briefings, and equipped with tools like whiteboards and large monitors, these spaces help keep business moving forward.

COLLABORATIVE AREA

Collaboration is co-creation.

To share innovative concepts and build on the ideas of others, employees need spaces that are designed for open communication — whether with coworkers or clients. These areas can also be used for training, external seminars and events, or project teamwork.

COORDINATE

Colors, materials, and finishes are essential to making workplace atmospheres attractive, and helping employees feel comfortable and engaged.

An open atmosphere with playfulness at its center, for the gathering of people and the exchange of ideas.

A serene atmosphere to calmly collect your thoughts and turn your hand to tasks.

A relaxed atmosphere where an at-home coziness allows conversation to naturally flow.

An atmosphere for focus, whether in a team or alone, settle in, get comfy and get to work.

Collaboration Area

Focus Area

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WORK STYLE

VISION

Where we work shapes how we work.

How we work shapes what we create.

What we create shapes how we live.

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STORIES