New research has shown that 75% office workers are happy in their workplace.
A recent survey of 1,000 office workers has found that at least 3 out of 4 office workers in the UK are happy with their office life.
The ‘Office Happiness Index’ has revealed that the happiness
of working in the office comes from social interaction and acknowledgement. At least
85% office workers have stated that receiving a simple ‘Thank you’ or ‘Well done’
from clients or bosses affects their mood positively in the office.
Most of these ‘happy’ moments are followed by having lunch
breaks with their colleagues which is one of the most important factors ranking
at (83%). More positive elements include ‘catching up’ with your office friends
after the weekend and bringing in treats for your colleagues such as ‘sweets’. Finally
having faulty pieces of office equipment fixed is considered a positive and brings
relief to office workers.
The survey also suggests that broken photocopiers, laptops and
scanners are at the top of irritation and annoyance list with 72% of the vote. Aggressive
emails and comments come second in the pet peeve list (68%) along with pointless meetings (65%) and dirty dishes left on peoples’ desks
(65%). The last item on the list of unhappiness comes from disputes over ‘offices
temperatures’ which is a major problem during cold winters and hot summers
Finally, the ‘Office Happiness Index’ has also learnt that
most employees that work in serviced offices are ‘happier’ than those who work
in traditional working areas ranking at (88%) and (72%). A recent trend shows
that many serviced office spaces are looking to build a collaborative culture
and good social interaction between their workers.
Head of Workthere, Cal Lee have stated “It is clear from these results that happiness in UK offices is very
much dependent on positive interaction and it is therefore important that the
office environment supports this with open-plan areas, communal spaces and
amenities. We have seen these factors become a real focus in the workplace,
particularly in the serviced office environment with collaboration and
relationship building at the heart of its design”.
“With happy staff
believed to be more productive creating the right setting that allows social
interaction as well as creative and focused work areas is crucial.”
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