Aside from the occasional office joker’s request to “get rid of the boss“, “be provided with a roof-top sauna” and “more interesting colleagues”, the principle elements on employees wish-list are relatively simple and do not require much effort or expense.
The survey of more than 800 office workers across the UK shows that the three things workers feel would make a difference to their working life are:
- More natural light;
- Effective heating and air conditioning; and
- Better use of their office space.
British workers do respond to the latest technology and high-quality design but better lighting and more control over temperature settings would be a big step forward towards their dream office.
Good natural light, a space which allows free movement and a choice of posture means that workers can feel a sense of belonging and authenticity, which is also vital for creative work.
Being allowed to personalise their own office space and having more pot plant/greenery were popular requests, as well as changing the colour of the walls.
More specifically, it seems that employees yearn for a feel good factor while at work.
However not all answers were unanimous, whilst many workers wanted more hot desks for mobile workers, others couldn’t stand not having their own desks, “I would have NO hotdesking” and “I would like my own desk as a sense of belonging”.
According to Lawrence Morison, Vice President at Steelcase: “Britain’s office workers have made their feelings loud and clear. They know the value of a good working environment and what they want to see included in it.
“People’s expectations reach further than their pay-check and general job satisfaction. Workers in the modern office want to feel comfortable at work and be in an environment which makes them at ease and enables them to work better. There is plenty of research around that shows that employees’ wellbeing is crucially important to a company’s’ bottom line.
“Global research has shown that workers who feel that they are valued members of a team and not simply elements on a production line are less prone to absenteeism and work with greater enthusiasm and productivity.”
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