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Stay Cool: UK employers invest in their work space to boost staff morale and productivity

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You New research from totaljobs has revealed that one in three employers have invested in their work space with the aim of boosting staff morale and enhancing productivity. The research highlights the importance of providing facilities such as showers and bike storage, as well as quirkier features such as bean bags and ‘quiet rooms’ to promote wellbeing and enhance employee efficiency.

Retaining and attracting top talent 

The research revealed the significance of a modern workplace for staff retention, with 25% of employers believing that their ability to keep hold of staff is aided by their office and its perks. This figure is supported by the fact that one in five workers have left a job due to not liking the space they work in.

The study also found that stylish or quirky workplaces are not just for the benefit of existing employees; one in ten UK bosses say they help attract new talent, with 13% stating that ‘cool’ offices are appealing to the younger generationin particular. A further 9% of employers invest in impressive features in their HQ to enthuse clients and other visitors.

Morale-boosting environments?

Totaljobs’ research found that 40% of British bosses believe that offering perks, such as a games room, free lunchtime fitness classes, or even an indoor slide can reduce stress amongst employees. One in five employers also argue that these features enhance the productivity of employees. Other stress-busting perks introduced by employers include inspirational talks during lunch hours, a benefit offered to 10% of UK workers, and allowing of pets at work, which is available to 8%.

The study also found that a quarter of employers are planning an office refurbishment in the next year, demonstrating the importance placed on office-space investment. In spite of this, many employers are not looking to invest in their workplace, citing reasons such as a lack of available space (40%), a belief that ‘cool’ offices are just a ‘fad’, (17%) and concerns over the financial cost (15%).

What is on offer?

Totaljobs’ research found that showers and washing areas topped the list of office facilities provided by employers, with 27% of workers benefitting from these, closely followed by bike storage (26%), and a quiet room (23%). Employee wellbeing also ranked highly, as 12% of workers are offered onsite sports equipment or a gym, or discounts at local gyms or restaurants.

Totaljobs’ research revealed the top 10 additional features provided by employers:

Top 10 ‘cool’ office features %
Showers / washing area 27
Bike Storage 26
Quiet room 23
Sofas / bean bags / cushions 15
Large informal breakout areas 12
Sports equipment / gym 12
Discounts at local gyms / restaurants 12
Unlimited snacks 10
Inspirational talks at the office 10
Games room 10

 




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