Does Your Office Space Really Have an Impact on Performance?
If you are searching for commercial property for rent, you have probably considered what size premises you require and thought about what facilities you need the premises to have, but have you considered how the design of your new premises could impact your employee performance and the profitability of your business? According to a recent study, you should!
The study, entitled Wellness at Work was carried out in 2017 by Sapio Research and involved a study of 1000 UK office workers and 50 experts in facilities management, during the study several key ways that workplace environment can impact on staff morale and productivity were discovered.
Nearly half (48%) of staff surveyed said that the design of their workplace had an impact on their decision as to whether to stay with an employer. When questioned further about what they felt were the most important aspects of their working environment, 50% felt that having their own desk was important, 43% felt that they would benefit from access to a quiet private space, 27% placed high importance on break areas, and 25% said that they would like the option of standing or sitting whilst working.
Issues affecting staff productivity included hot and stuffy conditions, poor ventilation and a lack of natural daylight, all of which were found to cause dips in concentration. Employees also reported distractions such as messy desks (reported by 28%) having to hunt around the office to find stationery (21%) and people nearby being loud (25%). All issues which can be solved with an improvement to facilities, such as better ventilation, the provision of better storage, the use of meeting rooms, and ensuring that office space is not overcrowded.
Staff Health and Wellness
One common goal of all employers is to reduce staff sick days and absence. The study found that staff who rated themselves as physically and mentally fit were more likely to work for companies who provided healthier and more flexible working environments including features such as having healthy food, for example, fresh fruit available in the office, access to outdoor space and the ability to move around and vary tasks.
Overall, it was found that staff who have a high sense of wellbeing tend to work for companies with a profit margin that is on average 3% higher than those who rated their wellbeing as average and a substantial 7% higher than the profit margins of companies where the staff rated their wellbeing level as poor.
While there is no ‘one size fits all’ recipe for creating the perfect working environment to ensure that you get the best out of your staff, if you consider these factors when looking at your next prospective commercial property for rent, it may help you to choose the right property for you, your staff, and your business goals.