Are British Offices Really The Worst in the World?

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Is your office cold and ugly? What changes would you make to your working environment?

British offices are the worst in the world; employees complain they are cold and ugly. This is according to an Ipsos survey carried out for Steelcase, the workplace solutions provider. The survey polled 12,000 employees from 17 countries. British employees were the most disgruntled about their office space with a third stating they disliked their work environment.

The main gripes British workers have about their workplace according to the survey were:

  • 13% think their office is ugly – twice the global average.
  • 45% complain their office is too cold – only 39% have the ability to change the temperature.
  • Only 15% feel their workplace is “convivial”. Three in 10 think their workplace is impersonal.
  • A third are dissatisfied with lighting – only 21% have the ability to adjust the light settings.

Ipsos survey carried out for Steelcase

“Our research has consistently shown that the most engaged workers are those who have autonomy over how and where they work, whether adjusting the temperature, lighting, or workspace to suit their needs,” said Christine Congdon, director of global research communication at Steelcase.

Open Plan Layouts in British Offices Are Not Popular

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Over half of British workplaces are open plan, more than double the worldwide average.

Open plan offices are also cause for concern for British workers.  Over half of British workplaces are open plan and this is more than double the worldwide average. British workers complain that the open plan environments are distracting and affect their concentration. In our previous article Turning It Up to 11: The Problems of a Noisy Office we discussed all the distractions workers deal with on a daily basis and the affect they can have on our health and wellbeing.

“Everybody is different and personal preference will depend on an individual’s natural physiology, their mood on a particular day and the task they are working on,” Ms Congdon explained.

“To cater to these constantly changing needs, employers should pay more attention to providing a range of working environments, including the ability to adjust workspace basics as required.”

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Michelle Roper-Shaw