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Does your firm attach enough importance to the office environment?

Does your firm attach enough importance to the office environment?

Does your firm attach enough importance to the office environment?

The environment in which employees are expected to work is an important issue for businesses, but it is also something that many firms could easily overlook.

Recent research has underlined the significance of the office environment as an element of overall business performance and suggested that many organisations could be failing to recognise this as a priority.

 

Workplace consultants and office designers Peldon Rose released a survey showing that more than nine out of ten UK workers (91 per cent) believe their office environment directly impacts their productivity.

More than four out of ten people (43 per cent) said their workspace enhances their professional performance, while one in five (20 per cent) said they found it a hindrance. Two-thirds (66 per cent) said they functioned more productively in the office than anywhere else.

Other findings showed that 32 per cent of UK employees believe their current office environment supports their wellbeing, while 59 per cent think their employer could be taking more action to make the workplace healthier.

Peldon Rose noted that, at a time when three-quarters (76 per cent) of people have reportedly experienced workplace stress, businesses should be looking into all methods of protecting the health and wellbeing of their labour force.

Four out of five workers (81 per cent) participating in the study felt that the office environment is not a high priority for senior managers. Seven out of ten people (70 per cent) said greater staff involvement in workplace planning would boost their productivity, but less than a third (29 per cent) felt that their opinion on this subject was valued.

Employers that want to show they are investing in providing a pleasant and healthy working environment can start with simple steps such as ensuring the office is always clean and presentable.

It can also prove beneficial to introduce simple energy-efficiency measures such as recycling areas and energy-saving light bulbs.

Jitesh Patel, chief executive of Peldon Rose, said workers had clearly stated that the working environment has an impact on their productivity and wellbeing. He warned that managers who overlook this issue do so "potentially at a significant cost to their business".

"We know that when employees are happy at work, they are more likely to be productive, engaged and dedicated to the company, while employees who are unengaged can cost a company significantly in employee turnover, training costs and low productivity," Mr Patel added.

"With close to 70 per cent of workers reporting that they are most productive in the office than anywhere else, it is vital that the office environment allows them to work towards their highest potential every day."

This research follows an earlier survey from Furniture123.co.uk, which found that more than half (53 per cent) of UK jobseekers would think twice about accepting an offer of employment if they had concerns about the working environment.

Nearly four out of ten respondents (38 per cent) said something as simple as a lack of natural light could affect their decision on whether or not to take up a role.

 

Posted by William Rodriguez

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