Over a Third of Small Business Employees are Unhappy in their Workplace

Small companies risk losing talent with 80% of workers having made the decision to join or stay in a firm on the quality of the office space

Over a Third of Small Business Employees are Unhappy in their Workplace

More than a third (35%) of small business employees are dissatisfied with their current workspace, according to a study by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The survey, which featured a 1,000 workers, revealed that small companies risk losing talent as 80% of respondents said that their office and workspace plays a major role in their decision to stay in a job – an additional 88% said office space had an impact on their overall job satisfaction.

93% of the employees surveyed said that office space played a major role in their decision to pick a company outweighing ‘progression opportunities’ (40%), ‘company culture’ (36%) and ‘benefits’ (22%).

In regards to what employees want from a workplace, natural lighting was named as the top “desirable trait” by 63% of respondents followed by good heating and ventilation (62%); regular cleaning (52%); kitchen facilities (44%); security (38%); an onsite café, bar or restaurant (31%); a work area away from staff desks (26%); an onsite gym (15%), and an appealing colour scheme and high ceilings (both 13%).

Paul Bagust, director of UK Commercial Property at RICS, commented:

“With numerous industries currently fighting a war for talent, capable staff and skilled new joiners are like gold-dust for many companies. On that basis, businesses should be doing everything possible to recruit and retain the best people.

“It’s disappointing, therefore, that many employers seem to be under-estimating – or perhaps not realising – the power of property in motivating, attracting and keeping staff.”

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