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Half of Office Workers Are Unproductive Due to Workspace

Half of Office Workers Are Unproductive Due to Workspace Buildings (07/26/17)

A recent study by office design specialists Dale Office Interiors has revealed that the key to getting the most out of staff in the workplace is to provide varied spaces for them to work and relax in. Researchers asked 500 members of the public what aspect of office design would improve their productivity levels at work the most. Almost 50 percent of them said that having access to a variety of different spaces to work and relax in would have the greatest impact on improving their productivity. In addition to having space to relax in at work (chosen by 20 percent of survey participants), this should be balanced with varied spaces throughout the office, including private, quiet areas to work (17 percent) and access to a game room (11 percent) for decompressing. Furthermore, these various spaces should be serviced by effective technology, including high-speed Wi-Fi, wireless charging, and access to collaboration tools.

Warren Bricknell, managing director of Dale Office Interiors, commented on the results. He said, "We've seen a shift in what employees expect in terms of workplace design. There has definitely been an increase in demand for a greater variety of space to work and relax in within an office. It's about what matters to them. The C-suites are getting it more and more because this is where the business case is having to be made." He added that flexible, dynamic office designs will not work unless the basics are in place. They include a tidy office and better welfare amenities like a kitchen and up-to-date men's and women's restrooms. The article's author concludes, "The most important thing an employer can do to motivate and inspire their teams is to move away from the prescribed 'one desk to one person' set-up. It's about users of the space having choice, or user-customisation of the workspace."