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46% of UK workers say offices do not enable productivity

20 September 2017

Nearly 50% of UK office workers and 43% of those surveyed globally do not agree that their workplace enables them to work productively, according to the latest Leesman Index publication.

The Next 250k report, launched today, contains evaluation and results gleaned from responses from over 250,000 employees working in more than 2,200 workplaces and spread over 67 countries.

It recommends five main areas for employers to focus on, including the 'top productivity killers', including how proud people are and how much they enjoy their workplace.

Features such as space between work settings, dividers and noise levels are discussed.

It also highlights the 35-44 age band as requiring the most attention, as this has been seen to return the lowest satisfaction scores and those in this age bracket typically have more complex roles, says the report.

Although open plan locations were seen to provide the highest performing locations, the report also found that cellular solutions could also be productive and should not be discounted.

There was also evidence to show that workplace transformation projects did not always lead to increased productivity, despite considerable investment in some cases.

The fifth area of focus is described as Workplace + Behaviour = Effectiveness and studied 11,336 employees in 40 'activity-based' workplaces.

The report shows that employees "rarely work in an activity-based way", as they are frequently unable to "change the habits of a lifetime".

Research leader Peggie Rothe PhD said the workplace is integral in enabling "great organisations" to create settings that allow employees to perform at their best.

Leesman chief executive officer Tim Oldman said the report shows that more needs to be done to boost performance and gain leverage from workplace settings.

"We still see far too many workplaces that are simply not fit for purpose and that represents a huge missed opportunity for business leaders.

"We hope that the key central findings can help more organisations create better, more productivity environments for their workforce," said Mr Oldman.

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