Workers find offices ‘demotivating’

March 4th, 2013 Category: Building Management

A new survey has revealed more than a third (36 per cent) of UK workers find their office environment demotivating, despite considering idea-generation as being crucial to their company’s performance.

Dull office environments could be significantly impacting staff performance, a new study has revealed, with more than a third of workers being demotivated by their place of work and a quarter describing it as ‘sedate and silent’. Worryingly, almost one in ten (eight per cent) go as far as to call their workplace a ‘creative and cultural desert’.

The study, conducted by office design company Overbury, highlights the importance of office cleaning as a way of boosting employee morale. Working in an untidy and unsanitary work environment can put a damper on how effective employees are in their jobs, which is why companies should be doing all they can to spruce-up the workspace.

One common trend to emerge from the report was the importance of office relationships as an enabler of productive working lives. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of UK office workers say that they get on well with their co-workers, and some 61 per cent feel that their best ideas arise from impromptu conversations with colleagues.

In light of these revelations, companies have been advised to make the office environment more suited to relationship-building, with common areas and social spaces found to be a popular idea for most workers.

Anthony Brown of Overbury said: “It is great news for UK organisations that office workers are extremely positive about their working relationships.

“However, staff are crying out for space in which to work creatively together and employers are failing to provide these high-quality common areas, frustrating the talents of their workforce.”