Business Owners Ignoring The Importance Of Office Environment In Helping Employee Wellness

91% of UK workers say that suitable office space directly improves their productivity

Business Owners Ignoring The Importance Of Office Environment In Helping Employee Wellness

UK business owners are ignoring the importance of their office environment in promoting and protecting employee wellness and mental health, according to a report by Peldon Rose.

The survey of UK small firm owners and employees has revealed that 91% of workers believe that suitable office space directly improves their productivity, yet just 43% say their current working space achieves this.

Worrying, 20% of all staff surveyed admit their current setup is actually hindering their chances of getting more done during a working day – suggesting businesses’ growth is also suffering.

With regards mental health, although 76% of workers say they suffer from stress – just 32% believing their business is adequately ensuring a calm atmosphere in the office.

An important consideration for business owners, 59% of subordinates also believe their company’s HQ could easily be made healthier with little or no extra cost.

Despite high demand for improved conditions, just 10% of workers engage with their boss about office design – as businesses are urged to communicate more with their staff regarding such matters.

Jitesh Patel, chief executive of Peldon Rose, said:

“Workers are clearly stating that the workplace environment has an impact on their productivity and wellbeing and senior management that overlook this do so potentially at a significant cost to their business.

“One of the most critical roles of senior management is to listen to their team, specifically to their insight and advice to ensure their employees feel supported and motivated.

“According to our survey, senior management teams are overlooking the opportunity to directly engage with their employees to find out how they can improve the work space and enhance the performance of their staff.”

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