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UK office workers don’t value company cultures

7 June 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Office workers in the UK do not value their company culture as much as workers in other countries, according to an extensive report by office furniture manufacturer Steelcase.

It found that the engagement level of UK workers is close to global norms, but suffers from “mixed feelings regarding engagement and workplace satisfaction metrics”.

Although most people are generally happy to go to work, enjoy connecting with colleagues and get a sense of personal achievement from the work they do, they don’t value their company culture as much as workers in other countries and are less likely to recommend their company to others as an employer, according to the research.

The research spans 17 countries and 12,480 participants and was carried out with global market research company Ipsos. 

Jim Keane, CEO of Steelcase Inc, said: “The Steelcase Global Report is the first study that explores the relationship between employee engagement and how people feel about their workplace. Its key findings affirm our belief that the places where people work can influence not only productivity, but also shape employee attitudes and beliefs.”

The report states that “the lack of a range of space in UK offices may take a toll soon on worker engagement and satisfaction”.