Does your workplace make you happy?

Whether you work in an office or work from home, did you know that your surroundings mahe a difference to how you feel? Southern Office Furniture asked over 350 employees based in the UK “How important do you think workplace design is in terms of work satisfaction and engagement?”  and you can see the results in the infographic.

The vast majority of people did think design had an effect, and that’s certainly true for me.

When I work from home, I have a desk I love, the right chair, and a great view and those all add up to the right workspace for me.

I’m also fortunate enough to have my own office at work, which opens off an open plan area. For me that’s the perfect arrangement: the chance to be social and problem solve with colleagues when I need, but also the ability to shut my door for meetings, phone calls and concentrated bits of work.

It may be no surprise that the younger generation place more empasis on design than older folk. I think that we now have a generation who expect to be able to work anywhere, so they have higher expectations for the surroundings they are based in too.

So, if you’re in charge of a business, what can you do to improve employee engagement through better workplace design? Southern Office Furniture has some tips:

  • Provide spaces for social and informal connections.
  • Enable workers to physically move around the office.
  • Movement is great for brain regeneration!
  • Sit-stand desks allow people to work flexibly.
  • Encourage workers to take exercise during their breaks.

Follow these tips and they will can help to generate some of your businesses’ best work!

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