What employees want most from their workspaces
SEE ALSO :What to do in a toxic workplaceThe study established that air quality and light were the biggest influencers of employee performance, happiness and wellbeing, while fitness facilities and technology-based health tools were the most trivial. “A high-quality workplace — one with natural light, good ventilation and comfortable temperatures — can reduce absenteeism up to four days a year,” the study reported. It says organisations have the power to make improvements in these areas, and they need to, both for their workers and themselves. The survey offers three steps for this. First, organisations need to stop spending money on pointless perks. “They should focus more on changes in the workplace environment that impact all employees, like air quality and access to light, and less on those that only a minority of employees will take advantage of, like an on-site gym.” Second, employers should allow their workers to personalise their spaces where possible to suit their different preferences. This includes giving employees more freedom to choose, say, room temperature, lighting and even the music that they want to listen to. Third, businesses need to introduce changes that focus not only on the physical health of employees, but also their emotional and environmental wellness.
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