15 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Over a third (36 per cent) of workers would like better access to relaxing and quieter areas in their office for eating lunch, reading, and generally spending their downtime, such as a 'quiet zone' or library, shows research by K2 Space.
In a similar vein, 23 per cent would like a dedicated private space for taking calls, attending virtual meetings or simply concentrating without distraction.
Crucially, 21 per cent of respondents said that if their office were better designed (both in terms of layout and office design) they would be more productive at work.
Put another way, this means that at any time, about a fifth of individuals within an organisation are underperforming as a direct result of their workplace design.
The findings also revealed that millennials are consistently the least content with their workplace of all generations, while baby boomers are happier on the whole.
Researchers analysed three main age brackets: millennials (born between 1981 to 1996, aged 22 -37); Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980, aged 38-53); and boomers (born between 1946 and 1964, aged 54-72).
Similarly, all respondents were divided into three different categories based on the total number of employees at their organisation - small (less than 50 employees), medium (50 to 249 employees), or large (250-plus employees). Twelve industry groups were also examined: manufacturing, construction, retail, finance and accounting, hospitality and leisure, legal, IT and telecoms, sales and marketing, medical and health services, education, transportation and distribution, and real estate.