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Why a positive office environment is crucial to attract staff

Why a positive office environment is crucial to attract staff

Why a positive office environment is crucial to attract staff

There are many factors businesses have to consider to ensure they attract strong candidates and acquire the skills they need to drive their organisation forward.

Job responsibilities, pay, benefits and opportunities for career progression are some of the strongest incentives for jobseekers, of course, but businesses also have to think about other issues that are important to workers today.

One such consideration is the office environment. It's becoming increasingly common for people to expect their workspace to be clean, bright and full of natural light.

This point was underlined in a recent survey by Furniture123.co.uk, which found that more than half (53 per cent) of UK workers would turn down a job offer if they didn't like the company's office or working environment.

The study examined in detail the specific workplace factors that could sway a candidate's decision on whether to take a job. While half (50 per cent) of the 1,014 respondents said location and proximity to amenities was the top 'deal-breaker', 41 per cent said they would be put off by outdated décor.

Lack of natural light was a big drawback for nearly four out of ten people (38 per cent), while around a third said they would have problems with broken or old furniture (32 per cent), or a dirty or unhygienic workspace (32 per cent).

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Furniture123.co.uk, said these findings show that modern workers are interested in more than pay and benefits when it comes to choosing their next employer.

He also pointed out that, with the average UK employee spending 8,060 hours per year at work, it's "understandable that the environment can be a deal maker or breaker for many".

"Employers looking to attract the most talented staff in their field should keep this in mind when inviting candidates to interview," added Mr Kelly.

"It's not so easy to change the location of the office, however they can ensure that there are onsite catering facilities and breakout areas for lunch, and even arrange car pools or an employee bus service that connects to local transport links. Also ensuring the space is always kept clean and tidy, furniture is in good condition and the décor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start."

If your business wants to go one step further than a clean, well-appointed workspace and start to improve its energy efficiency and environmental performance, there are a number of ways to go about this.

Firstly, make sure all of your electrical items - from light bulbs to office kitchen appliances and computers - are up to date and have good green credentials. As well as making your office more eco-friendly and sustainable, this approach could reduce your energy bills.

It's also important to make sure that staff stick to positive practices such as using recycling bins and, where possible, walking, cycling or using public transport to get to work.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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