What do employees want in a workspace?
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. *
For many of us, a large portion of our days, months and years are spent at work, and with technology making it harder to separate our work lives from our personal ones, that time may increase. But just because we are only one click away from our office email, does not mean more work is being accomplished.
In fact, research suggests that in an eight-hour workday, the average worker is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes.** Only 3 hours are actually spent working on average.
How do you promote a culture that increases employees’ productivity, comfortability and efficiency? It starts with the physical space your employees work, learn and communicate in.
What do today’s workers want to see in the workspace?
- Flexible Seating: Most people find it difficult to sit in the same chair and desk for an entire work day. It’s important to offer employees various sitting options where they can move around and work in. Being able to stand at a desk or sit in another location can help reduce health risks and increase comfort, which can lead to more productivity.
- Collaborative Space: The cubicles are too small, the conference room is full, so where are your employees supposed to work together on a project? Employees like flexibility to move around the workplace and collaborate on tasks with others, while also having some areas for quiet time. Having large group tables and various room options allows individuals to work together to create better ideas, decrease distractions and improve results.
- Home Comfort: When employees are spending most of their day away from home, there are several benefits of incorporating home life elements into the office. A nice kitchen area that resembles that of a home allows for office socialization, which can lead to a better culture and group collaboration. Comfier seating options similar to that of a living room gives individuals the chance to work in other areas while also providing a casual meeting space for clients or guests
If it’s time to evaluate your workspace, ask yourself these questions.
- Does your space fit your company culture?
- Are the hours spent in the office being wasted or used well?
Commercial Office Environments can help you get started.
Sources: *Psychology Today, **Voucher Cloud
June 14, 2018