What does the dream office look like? To find out, we polled more than 1,000 UK workers of all ages, and from sectors as diverse as healthcare, technology and retail. They told us what really matters to them when it comes to finding a great place to work – and showed where some employers may not be hitting the mark. Highlighting these popular qualities as part of a recruitment strategy could make a real difference.
The overwhelming majority of those we polled said the overall location is their top priority when thinking about their ideal office. It’s where workers spend the bulk of their lives during the week – so it’s no surprise that a well-situated office that’s easy to get to is their top priority. But what other features help make an office ideal – and what should recruiters be bringing to the fore?
1. Safe haven
With workers seeing more and more headlines about terror threats, safety in the office is a growing concern for people of all ages, regardless of location – and was a surprise high scorer in our survey. Whether it’s monitored CCTV cameras or security guards patrolling the area, people want facilities that keep them safe from the moment they arrive at the office to when they leave after a late shift.
2. Communal working
Breakout areas that inspire collaboration and informal chats are increasingly popular – particularly with the younger generation. For the Millennials (those aged 18–29) communal areas are a top priority, with 95% listing them as a key feature. Even 74% of Baby Boomers (those aged 50-plus) regard these areas as important, a clear sign that people’s working styles are changing – and that the way you fit out your office can make a significant difference to your ability to compete for and keep the best talent.
3. A buzzing area
Being in an office that’s part of a buzzy area, somewhere with shops, restaurants, cafés and bars that people can head to during lunchtime and after work, is an important consideration for UK workers. It’s vital for the Millennials, with some 90% agreeing it’s a must-have for their ideal office. The Baby Boomers and Generation X (those aged 30–49) also hold these lively locations in high regard; 75% and 82% respectively rate this as important.
4. A greener life
High up the list of ‘wants’ from an ideal office is an eco-friendly, sustainable building. And of all the attributes we surveyed, it’s the one with the biggest gap in satisfaction. So, if your business is already focussed on sustainability, whether through an efficient office building, carbon reduction strategies, recycling policy, or even beehives and green roofs, it’s well worth shouting about.
5. Outdoor living
Offices with outside areas and gardens rank highly with workers and are particularly appealing to those based in London. Not only are these spaces attractive for people to relax and socialise outside of working hours, they can also be used to hold events all year round, such as screening live sporting events in the summer and ice skating during the winter.
FACILITIES, RECRUITMENT, TALENT, WELLBEING