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Office environment linked to job satisfaction

Posted by Marianne
May 20, 2014 in News

Research has shown a link between a person’s workspace and how happy they are in their job.

With a quarter of workers saying that their office environment affects their level of job satisfaction, the study also found that where a person works impacts on performance.

The survey, which was commissioned by The British Council for Offices and The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, said that 24% found their office responsible for how satisfied they were.

The findings support the increase in the number of firms who are having an  office fit out  office fit out.

The move to create spaces that are inspirational, but also workable, is largely being driven by new technologies.

This has resulted in the charge for  office refurbishment  office refurbishment to be led by firms in the creative sector. However, more traditional businesses, such as law firms, are now moving in.

This is seeing more open plan offices appear, partitioned to provide work areas, breakout spaces, hot-desking zones, and conference areas.

By delivering brighter spaces that encourage a more collaborative way of working, staff are becoming more engaged with the firm and brands.

This is, the survey found, why over 90% of middle and senior management who responded felt an office layout can have a direct effect on the productivity of staff.

Writing on the Guardian blog for women in leadership, designer Debra Lehman Smith said:

“When looking at redesigning a space, take a step back and consider who the company is, what you are trying achieve and why.”

Done successfully, she went on to say that an office redesign can invigorate every aspect of a business.

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