According the latest findings from a report published at this week’s GCUC conference by Instant and Area, 87 per cent of respondents said having a great office makes them want to actually go to work. Workplace culture, shaped by a blend of leadership, design and the availability of various facilities is the overwhelming factor in happiness and productivity at work. The research found offices are improving, workers are happier and more productive, but only in spaces where the design, amenities available and perks on offer combine to meet employee expectations and demand. The survey, commissioned by workplace design and fit-out specialists Area and undertaken by flexible workspace specialist Instant, shows that employees value the ability to work remotely and have flexibility in how they manage their worklife. Enticing them back into the working environment requires a more progressive mix of features. In the modern working environment, it is flexibility that is absolutely crucial and offering perks like remote working or having satellite offices closer to home is a key element of this. “However, if we get the balance right – recognising the need for a variety of working modes and choice – the working environment can positively impact our daily, working lives. With 87 per cent of respondents saying that having a great office makes them want to actually go to work, our workplaces will play a fundamental role in staff attraction and retention both now and in the long-term.”
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