Office seating should be determined by employee moods

by Stephanie Zillman08 Jun 2012

During the week HC reported on how distracting it can be for workers with a penchant for chatting and noise-making to be seated next to someone with a penchant for… getting on with their work.

Perhaps it’s time for HR to take a page out of Air Baltic’s book, and seat employee’s according to their mood. The Latvian airline is the first commercial service to offer the opportunity for like-minded passengers to sit together.

Travellers will be offered the choice of three preferred “flight moods” which relate to whether they want to get on with work, make new business contacts or simply not be bothered by someone’s droning voice for the duration of the flight. Surely there is scope here to extend the premise to cube farms? “We’re the first in the world to offer this flight option,” Air Baltic said in a statement, which also added that passengers would not, however, be given the option of banning someone from sitting next to them.

The service is an optional free extra, and can also factor in any hobbies or interests a passenger may wish to list, meaning footy fans and workaholics alike may find a friend on-board.

Customer information is collected in a secure database and the closest match available on the same flight is identified automatically without disclosing passenger identity or any personal data – perhaps this same process could happen during the onboarding process?


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