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What is the new standard in workplace features?

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As our experience of brands and services we consume changes, so do our expectations of the places we work. We take a look at how you can make your office a much more inviting employee experience.

The increased demand for experiential workplaces has seen a rapid growth of features like ‘co-working spaces’ over the last decade. We are currently in the midst of the next socio-industrial revolution, which is changing the societal expectations of employees in the workplace.

The workplace experience may be subjective, but the reality is there are multiple factors that determine an employee’s workplace experience: their needs, requirements, preferences, behaviour, organisational structure and dynamics. Understanding the impact of how the workplace affects employee morale and productivity can make or break your company’s profit margins.

As a result, Reboot PR analysed the latest findings found within the report ‘The Workplace Experience Revolution’ by Leesman, in order to understand the impact of workplace features on employee satisfaction, by ascertaining where the most prevalent differences between what employees want and how satisfied they feel are.

It was discovered that 59.9 per cent of employees agree that their workplace enables them to work productively.

Despite the findings, ‘temperature control’ was the feature with the largest percentage of what employees found was a deal breaker in the office environment. A staggering 77.8 per cent stated that temperature was important, but only 30 per cent said they were satisfied with the climate at their place of work. Noise level was another fundamental workplace element that employees were keen to express (72.5 per cent).

Which features should your office contain in order to keep the greatest number of employees satisfied:

 Quiet rooms for working alone: An area or room where employees can get away from the usual chatter of colleagues and background music and enjoy getting on with their work in the quiet.

Air quality: Improving the office air quality can energise your workforce and make everyone feel a little healthier. Turning off the air-conditioning in favour of opening a window (when possible) can give employees an extra boost.

Toilets/W.C: The state of toilets in workplaces can vary dramatically, from clean and preserved to a dark state, that makes holding it in, the only viable option.

Each office is different, even within one organisation, you can see both the peaks and the troths of what a workplace can look like. If you have had to redesign or relocate your office, what tips would give to people in order to create the best environment? Let us know