Workers want offices that inspire themselves and others

by Neil Franklin • News, Workplace design … (56 percent) of Brits have felt what they call office envy after visiting another organisation’s workspace.

New research from Ambius, claims that more than half (56 percent) of Brits have felt what they call office envy after visiting another organisation’s workspace. Despite the majority (55 percent) communicating this ‘lack of office inspiration’ to their office manager or employer, most saw no change as a result. The survey of 1,000 UK office workers also claims that employees are conscious of how their office looks on social media. Just one in five think their office space is beautiful, and as a result, only 22 percent would be proud enough to post a picture of it on Instagram, or other social channels.

More natural light (61 percent), space (60 percent), interesting decor (42 percent), colour (33 percent) and plants (31 percent) were the main requests to improve the office environment. While almost two thirds (63 percent) claimed they would appreciate their office more if it had more natural elements, such as plants, daylight and exposed wood.

Over half (55 percent) of those who long for more inspiring offices said they have communicated this to their office manager or employer, but the majority (61 percent) have seen no change as a result.

The survey of 1,000 UK office workers found that failure to make efforts to improve the workplace could be impacting an organisation’s bottom line and ability to recruit new staff. Almost a third (30 percent) of office workers felt their office environment turns off potential clients, prospects and staff from working with their business.

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