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2 September 2016 | Jamie Harris

Only 7 per cent of workers say they’re most productive in an office environment, according to research by Flexjobs.


Flexjobs surveyed more than 3,100 workers. Of those, an overwhelming majority (93 per cent) would not choose the office as a place to complete an important work task or project.


Fifty-one per cent of those surveyed say their home is their preferred place of work, while 8 per cent would opt for a coffee shop, library or co-working space. 


Another 8 per cent say they would work in the office, but outside regular hours.


Respondents cite a number of reasons why they believe they are more productive at home, including:


- Fewer interruptions from colleagues – 76 per cent

- Fewer distractions – 75 per cent

- Fewer meetings – 69 per cent

- A reduction in office politics – 68 per cent

- Reduced stress from commuting – 67 per cent

- A more comfortable office environment – 51 per cent


Flexible working options are also key for new jobs, says the research. Work flexibility (80 per cent) and work-life balance (74 per cent) and salary (74 per cent) are the most important factors for respondents when evaluating a job prospect.


The study comes at a time when the Royal Society for Public Health has released a report stating that the average UK commuter adds nearly 800 calories to their diet each week as a result of their journey to work.


The report, Health In A Hurry, polled more than 1,500 commuters. It found that more than half (55 per cent) of respondents reported an increase in stress levels, and more than a third (36 per cent) reported reduced sleep.