05 March 2020 | Marino Donati
Almost half of UK office workers questioned in a survey said an unappealing workspace would prompt them to change their job.
According to property firm Matthews & Goodman, 44 per cent of workers said they would definitely look for a new job if their workspace were unpleasant, while 45 per cent said they that it might encourage them to change jobs.
In the survey of 1,000 UK office workers, 29 per cent of respondents said tidiness is the most important aspect of the workplace, while natural light was voted top by 22 per cent of workers.
A quarter of respondents said a good kitchen was the least important characteristic, closely followed by the latest technology (24 per cent) and a comfortable breakout area (10 per cent).
Millennials were a little more likely to move because of their workspace - 48 per cent of respondents said they would do so, compared with 42 per cent of Generation X workers.
David Laws, partner at Matthews & Goodman, said increasing awareness of the impact of office design on wellbeing and productivity means that it is becoming an increasingly important consideration for employees, but workers prefer a traditional workspace.
"Many businesses are investing heavily to create workplaces that are engaging, homely and differentiating," said Laws. "However, our survey highlighted the fact that employees are simply looking for a space that allows them to be productive. Therefore, perhaps instead of turning offices into novelty places, organisations should focus on improving attendance flexibility.
He added: "Interestingly, given the current trend for flexible working, our survey revealed that 57 per cent of employees are not able to work from home and 34 per cent are not able to take advantage of flexible working hours."