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Media release
April 2008

Office environment key to staff motivation

• 49% say an office makeover would increase their productivity.
• More than half would be more organised and enjoy work more in a better office.
• 43% embarrassed by current offices.
• Friendly co-workers and good lighting key.

A pleasant working environment is key to getting the most out of employees, according to a survey of over 100 London office staff by Metro Design Consultants: Only 21% described their current workspace as modern and functional, while 47% claimed their offices were in need of a revamp.

Almost half (49%) said that an office makeover would increase their productivity and more than half thought a better working environment would make them more organised (64%) and enable greater job satisfaction (62%).

Forty-three percent are embarrassed by the current state of their offices when clients and suppliers visit, and the most important factors contributing to a pleasant working environment were (as ranked in the top three):
• Friendly co-workers (70%)
• Good lighting (40%)
• Comfortable desk chair (38%)
• Flexible working options (38%)


According to employees, the effects of the working environment permeate into other business areas, impacting the ability to win new clients (40%), client / customer relations (36%), staff morale (57%) and staff retention (43%).

Unsurprisingly, when it comes to attracting new staff, the office environment is key – a significant 57% of employees questioned said that it would affect their decision to accept a job offer.

Daniel Taylor, Managing Director of Metro Design Consultants comments:
“The office environment says a lot about a business and can give clues as to how professional it is, and the general attitude of staff and management. A thoughtfully-designed space, with attention to the ergonomic details, will no doubt rub off on employees, helping to make them more proficient and hence more valuable to the business.”

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Further information from:

Rita Vail/Annette Maylam, Vail & Associates
T: 020 7738 0722 E: rita@vail.co.uk, annette@vail.co.uk

Summary of key findings:
• Sample size: 141
• Industries: includes sales, education, marketing, research, public sector, charity, financial services, construction.
• Company size: 2 – 500 people
• Is your office space modern & functional: 21%
• Is your office space in need of a revamp: 47%
• Will an office makeover increase productivity: 49%
• Well-designed office = more organised: 64%
• Well-designed office = greater job satisfaction: 62%
• Embarrassed by current office: 43%

• Top factors for pleasant working environment (as ranked in top three):
o Friendly co-workers: 70%
o Good lighting: 40%
o Comfortable desk chair: 38%
o Flexible working options 38%
o Competitive salary: 28%
o Clean toilets: 28%
o Latest technology: 21%
• The effects of a working environment impact:
o Ability to win new business: 40%
o Client relations: 36%
o Staff morale: 57%
o Staff retention: 43%
o Absenteeism: 11%
o Decision to accept new role: 57%


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