27 June 2019 | Marino Donati
More than a third of business owners want open-plan offices with their own private office, and only 2 per cent want co-working spaces with other companies, according to a survey by MoneySuperMarket.
Sleep pods, recycling facilities and free snacks and drinks are also popular on the wish list for offices, according to research carried out by the price comparison company.
MoneySuperMarket surveyed 1,500 workers and employers across a range of business sectors for its research on the perfect office space.
It found that most business owners and employees showed a preference for fixed desks (74 per cent and 73 per cent respectively). More than half of each group also cited flexible working hours as a preference.
The poll found that although parking was a priority for business owners (63 per cent), proximity to home was cited by 53 per cent of employee respondents when asked about location.
Video games and sleeping pods were most popular with workers in the creative sector, cited by 46 per cent and 44 per cent respectively as a key luxury office feature. But free soft drinks were still the most popular (48 per cent) in this sector. Free snacks, drinks and meals were also the most popular in the other sectors.
Workers in the business and HR and media and marketing sectors shared a preference for light and airy offices (23 per cent and 29 per cent respectively), while creative employees preferred a traditional and functional building (44 per cent).
Creative sector business owners and workers named recycling facilities as an important feature. But media and marketing employees were the most eco-conscious, with 62 per cent wanting them.
Rose Howarth, head of business insurance at MoneySuperMarket, said that small changes around the office could make a huge difference to mood and productivity.
"Not every change needs to break the bank or affect your business insurance policy," said Howarth. "Many of the options both sides selected in the survey were a question of picking the right location and creating the right environment, rather than buying new assets for the company. You just need to ensure that all changes that do affect policy and location are reflected in your business insurance policy as you grow your company."