Office game rooms and covered parking are nice, but they’re not on the wish lists of managers these days. Given the chance to spend their company’s design budget, managers would focus on security, convenient meeting spaces, food service and exercise and daycare facilities. That’s according to California-based research firm MarketTools, which recently surveyed 630 managers at large U.S.-based companies on behalf of Cincinnati’s Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors.

The meeting space answer is easy to figure: 51 percent of respondents said that half or more of their work is now done in teams, a jump from 34 percent who said the same in a similar survey in 1999. Back then, only half of the managers’ organizations had space dedication to project work, while today it’s 66 percent.

The trend toward open offices with such areas has a price, though: Managers are craving some privacy. Respondents claimed that unscheduled visits (55 percent), background sounds (43 percent) and office traffic (37 percent) all hinder productivity in the workplace when privacy is required. And that could be a lot of lost productivity considering how much time is spent in the office. “The average respondent spends 76 percent of the work week in or around the office,” says Bruce Mirrielees, Hixson senior vice president and project manager. “The environment, therefore, needs to offer more than just a place to hang the proverbial hat.”

(The survey, which studies how trends and perceptions affect performance, has a 3 percent margin of error.)