research survey finds key answers for business to have a motivated workforce Wednesday 2 April 2008 PDF Print 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.” -Ends- Further information from: Rita Vail/Annette Maylam, Vail & Associates T: 020 7738 0722 E: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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% This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Vail & Associates in the following categories: Business & Finance, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.