One in three employers have invested in their workspace with the aim of boosting staff morale and enhancing productivity, according to a new study by totaljobs. The study revealed the significance of a modern workplace for staff retention, with 25 per cent of employers believing that their ability to keep hold of staff is aided by their office and its perks. A further nine per cent of employers invest in impressive features in their HQ to enthuse clients and other visitors. One in five employers also argue that these features enhance the productivity of employees. Other stress-busting perks introduced by employers include inspirational talks during lunch hours, a benefit offered to 10 per cent of UK workers, and allowing of pets at work, which is available to eight per cent. In spite of this, many employers are not looking to invest in their workplace, citing reasons such as a lack of available space, a belief that ‘cool’ offices are just a ‘fad’, and concerns over the financial cost. “With mental health concerns within the UK workforce at an all-time high, paired with a national productivity crisis, our research reveals the importance of investing in office space as a method of reducing stress and boosting outputs. By providing perks, from something as practical as showers and bike storage, to the offer of unlimited snacks or a games room, employers can help to alleviate stress within the workplace and consequently boost morale and productivity.”
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