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    Revealed: What Brits want from their ‘dream’ workplace

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    Okay, let’s take a break from virus-related news and cast our minds forward to when we can actually work from an office again in the hopefully not too distant future – and help the animals too. Now isn’t that a lovely thought?

    According to research, Brits dream of a workplace with free soft drinks, glorious views from the windows – and an office dog.

    A study of 2,000 office workers showed the ‘perfect’ office also has eight colleagues working in open-plan harmony, four plants, a fully-stocked kitchen and sleeping pods.

    Lots of natural light, sofas, large corner desks and communal music also featured in the list.

    Other popular requests for the ideal office included blankets for when you feel cold at your desk, a workstation out of view from the boss and a hostess trolley with cake or afternoon tea.

    On the back of the findings, working animal charity SPANA has shown just what this perfect office could look like.

    Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries worldwide, said: “People in Britain have a clear idea about their perfect workplace.

    “But, thankfully, most office workers are already fortunate enough to enjoy a pretty comfortable working environment, with their own chair, regular breaks and a constant supply of tea and coffee.

    “Sadly, it’s a very different story for working animals overseas.

    “These horses, donkeys, camels and elephants often endure terrible working conditions, carrying backbreaking loads in extreme temperatures and dangerous environments.”

    The study revealed one in six adults would like their workplace to contain gym equipment or a self-contained workout space.

    A third want their working environment to be flooded in natural light, and 12 per cent would love it if their workplace incorporated a ‘bring your own pet’ policy.

    Almost one in five people would like to see a relaxation space in the office, equipped with TVs and massage chairs, while hammocks were also a popular choice.

    But a quarter would be happy if their place of work simply had up-to-date technology, instead of outdated computers.

    As far as workplace perks are concerned, 28 per cent would like to be allowed to work in jeans.

    And four in 10 want a boss who understands that family must always come first, ahead of work matters.

    Brits also believe their ‘perfect’ job would see them work for four days a week, grafting for only six hours each day.

    They’d earn precisely £67,813 a year, with a healthy pension, and have a 15-minute commute to the office each morning – ideally walking.

    The working month would be punctuated with four working lunches, while they’d also be allowed a day-and-a-half off for golf or ‘company leisure days.’

    The dream career also includes three business trips abroad annually, with a further five taken within the UK.

    And if that wasn’t enough, Brits would give themselves a huge 31 days a year of annual leave.

    Dennis added: “Daydreaming about our ideal working environment is a fun way to pass the time.

    “But, it’s important to remember that, while perhaps not luxurious, most people in the UK have workplaces that are clean, safe and comfortable – even if there’s no massage chair in sight.

    “In stark contrast, working animals and their owners in many of the world’s poorest communities face a lifetime of toil and hardship.

    “They must work day-in, day-out, with little rest and no prospect of retirement.

    “Inappropriate and ill-fitting equipment mean working animals often develop painful wounds and there is usually no veterinary care available for them when they are sick or injured.

    “This is why SPANA’s work is so important – ensuring that these hardworking animals receive the vital care they need and that their welfare is improved.”

    1. Lots of natural light
    2. Free fruit bowl
    3. A nice view from the window
    4. Free soft drinks
    5. A chair which is ergonomically set up
    6. Up-to-date technology
    7. Office plants
    8. Good coffee/ professional coffee machine
    9. Variable temperature control
    10. Free chocolates or biscuits
    11. A relaxation zone with computer games/ TV/ massage chairs
    12. Fully equipped kitchen
    13. Access to an outdoor space
    14. An office dog
    15. Rooftop garden/outdoor area for the summer
    16. Sofas
    17. Free ice cream in the summer
    18. Gym equipment/ workout space
    19. Large corner desks
    20. Variable lighting control
    21. Blankets for when you feel cold at your desk
    22. The option to sit or stand while working
    23. Foot rests
    24. Storage under desks for each person
    25. Two computer screens on your desk
    26. Desk screens or partitioning
    27. Access to a fantastic stationery cupboard
    28. A ‘bring your own pet’ policy
    29. Communal music
    30. A desk which is out of view from the boss
    31. Drawers/ personal filing system
    32. Personal lockers
    33. A ‘snug’ with hammocks to escape to for a rest
    34. Concentration booths/ cocoons
    35. A hostess trolley with cake/ afternoon tea
    36. Free bar for post-work drinks
    37. Office entertainment – e.g. pool table, table football, trampolines, ball pits
    38. An office cat
    39. Cushions
    40. Work zones tailored for different tasks
    41. Vending machines
    42. Meditation space
    43. Childcare facilities
    44. Showers
    45. Magazines and literature to read during lunch breaks
    46. A fish tank
    47. A bed/ sleep pods
    48. Brightly painted walls
    49. Art work from local artists
    50. Cycle parking

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