Almost three-quarters of UK workers polled in a survey would choose their next employer based on flexible technology and health and wellbeing support.
The survey of hybrid office and home-based workers by ergonomic office furniture company Ergotron, shows that 73 per cent of UK workers believe that the provision of ergonomic work conditions, as well as support for their health, would play a bigger role when choosing a company to work for.
Among workers aged 18-24, all respondents said that employer selection would be based on this.
The survey polled 150 UK workers who prior to Covid-19 were in their employers’ office but worked from home during Covid lockdowns and will work from home and office or permanently from home following the lockdowns.
Ergotron said that the survey suggests that employers needed to rethink workspace design as there was an expectation for employers to accommodate the health and wellbeing of workers in their workplace.
Just over a third (36 per cent) of workers said they had a line manager regularly checking in with them on health and wellbeing. Ergonomic chairs were provided for 19 per cent of workers, and 17 per cent were offered a subsidy by employers to buy their own equipment, says the study.
According to Ergotron, the results of the survey show a clear disparity in terms of the work equipment employees need and what employers provide.
Although 89 per cent of respondents cited a laptop as important, only 65 per cent said that they have been provided with one by employers, while 15 per cent said they had not been provided with any equipment, including a laptop, ergonomic chair, big monitor, or a subsidy for equipment. While 75 per cent of respondents said that an ergonomic chair was important, only 19 per cent said their employers supplied them with one.
More than half of workers (52 per cent) considered it important to be able to switch between sitting and standing while working at home, the office or any workplace.
A higher proportion of the younger age groups required this more agile environment, with 71 per cent of workers aged 18-24 claiming this to be important, indicates the survey.
Ergotron said that with the growing need to collaborate remotely, flexibility of technology and portability of devices had become critical. More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of all respondents said it was important to be able to bring their IT devices with them when working in different rooms.
Richard Guy, country sales manager UK & Ireland at Ergotron, said the importance of adaptable work styles had increased following the impact of Covid-19.
“All workers, in particular the younger generation, are looking for flexible technology provision, involving standing to work, moving rooms and taking their technology with them, and more wellbeing support,” he said.
“But formalising this new-look working environment has not yet been addressed by many employers and provisions should be made for workers, not only on request. Organisations need to develop a robust strategy, which redesigns the way their employees are able to work, and accounts for real workers’ needs. The scope of this should go beyond available technologies, such as laptops, large screens, swivel mounts, adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs, to other dedicated resources which support workers’ physical and mental wellbeing, such as employee wellbeing management plans.”
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