According to data from two new workplace surveys in the UK, offices lacking private space is stifling the creativity and productivity of workers.
Genster’s 2016 UK Workplace Survey discovered that workers with access to a range of spaces supporting different work-styles were more likely to be innovative and creative. These spaces included private, semi-private and open plan environments.
Another survey, ‘What Worker’s Want’ from estate agents Savills and the British Council for Offices, reported that less than two-thirds of worker were satisfied with the amount of ‘quiet space for focused work’ available at their place of work. Over 25% of employees felt that the current design of their workplace was reducing their productivity, and 53% felt that if they could be in their ideal office environment, their productivity would increase.
Director of Savills Research and author of the report said “There is never going to be a perfect office, but organisations must create as much choice as possible to enable employees to vary noise levels to meet their needs depending on what they’re working on.”
A major rethink of office interiors and furniture design is being driven by new technologies. For example, using sophisticated sensor technologies could lead to a healthier and happier workforce by tracking the way offices are used, and modifying them accordingly.
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