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Office workers are 'more discerning' about the look of their workplace © iStock

11 July 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal 

UK office employees long to work in “more beautiful and inspiring offices”, according to research by office plant supplier Ambius.


More than half of the 1,000 UK office workers surveyed say they have felt disappointed by their office design after visiting other organisations.

More natural light (61 per cent), space (60 per cent), interesting décor (42 per cent), colour (33 per cent) and plants (31 per cent) were the main aspects of other organisations’ office design that make respondents feel uninspired. And almost two-thirds (63 per cent) claim they would appreciate their office more if it had more natural elements, such as plants, daylight and exposed wood.

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

The poll found that failure to make efforts to improve the workplace could be affecting an organisation’s bottom line and its ability to recruit new staff. Almost a third (30 per cent) of office workers felt their office environment ‘turns off’ potential clients, prospects and staff from working with their business.

Workers are also wary of how their office looks on social media. Only one in five (20 per cent) thinks their office space is beautiful, and as a result, only 22 per cent would be proud enough to post a picture of it on Instagram, or other social media channels.

The idea of an office being ‘Instagrammable’ or aesthetically pleasing enough to share on social channels is even more important to Generation Z – those aged between 16 and 24. Almost half (46 per cent) of this age bracket agree that social media has changed their expectations of how an office should, or could look, and 30 per cent think employers should do more to make their office ‘Instagram-friendly’.