Employees prepared to quit over poorly designed workplaces

11 July 2019

It’s no surprise that the workplace environment has a huge impact on an employee’s performance. If employees don’t feel comfortable in their surroundings, then they’re not going to produce their best work – it’s as simple as that.

A poorly designed workplace can hamper productivity, creativity and morale. It can even impact an employee’s overall happiness. So, it’s no wonder 73% of people would consider quitting a company if they didn’t feel it provided a workplace environment that inspired them to fulfil their role.

This stat is from new research published by Dell, which sought to uncover the main factors impacting employee productivity in the office.

As Workplace Insight reports, a number of the top ten factors impacting employee productivity were to do with the design and setup of the workplace.

Top of the list of factors affecting staff productivity was unsuitable office temperature, cited by 35% of employees. This was followed by colleagues talking too loudly (34%) and unnecessary meetings (32%).

Old and outdated technology featured fourth on the list of factors killing employee productivity, cited by 29% of survey respondents.

Another 28% of employees rated the lack of quiet working areas as hampering their productivity. This highlights the need for companies to create designated breakout zones and quiet areas where staff can work in peace and recharge.

Sixth on the list were messy desks, cited by 24%, followed by poor Wi-Fi (22%) and poor lighting (22%). With natural light bringing benefits in the form of improved health, better sleep and boosts to creativity and productivity, it’s important your office is designed in a way that maximises outdoor light wherever possible.

Completing the top ten list were lack of training (20%) and poorly integrated tech (19%).

When it comes to boosting creativity and collaboration in the office, having a diverse workforce was rated most important by employees (29%). Next came creativity training (25%), designated areas for brainstorming (21%) and access to good technology that enables remote working (19%).

Worryingly, a quarter (25%) of UK office workers said the ergonomics of their workplace environment (for instance supportive and comfortable chairs) are either poor or very poor. A little over a fifth (21%) believe their office layout is unsuitable and 20% say the technology in their office doesn’t meet their needs.

If you want to talk ergonomics and workplace design, we’re you’re people. The experts at Kerr have over 30 years of experience in developing inspirational and successful workplaces in which employees thrive. Get in touch today!

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