Only 59% of employees find that they’re most productive when in the office, according to a new survey by Peldon Rose. Although that constitutes the majority of respondents, 41% of employees still struggle to be as productive at their place of work compared to other locations like at home (30%) or a café (5%).

The results come down to a lack of trust placed in the hands of workers by employers, with 33% of respondents wishing they were given more control over how and when they work. An additional 42% voiced their opinions on the absence of flexibility, something that is of growing importance to many UK workers, and how their office culture does nothing to promote it.

Given how much the company relies on the work of its staff, keeping them out of the loop and not considering what they want from their job is not beneficial to anyone. Employees don’t want to work at home – 50% of them said they feel disconnected when working out of the office – but they need to be able to work in an environment that’s appropriate for them. Despite being aware of what would help them to be more productive at work, they’re rarely included in decisions that affect the whole office. 52% admitted that they’re never involved in discussions about changes to the office, with a similar number of people also not consulted on problems within the workplace.

It’s well-known that the design of the office has an impact on productivity and if employers are planning on giving it a makeover, it makes very little sense not to involve those who work there. Bringing employees into the process, even if it’s just to discuss what the plans are and why they’re being put in place, will make them feel as though they’re more trusted. This will have the positive effect of boosting their feelings of satisfaction and raise their level of productivity.

The survey also found that offices are lacking the necessary amenities that allow employees to work and socialise away from the main office, including outdoor spaces and lounge areas. These can be vital for better employee health which in turn lowers the risk of presenteeism and reduced productivity.

Jitesh Patel, the chief executive at Peldon Rose, commented on the findings of the survey by saying that:

“We know that in the workplace, employees look for relationships built on trust as it helps to create a supportive and safe environment. They also want a culture that fosters autonomy, allowing them to manage their own workflow and have the freedom to work where and when suits them.

“As our survey reveals, there is a discrepancy between what keeps employees motivated at work versus the current provision. For employers, this should be seen as an opportunity to create a culture that promotes trust and develops autonomous thinkers. When employees feel they have control over their work and have the ability to make choices on balancing their work and life, they will not only spend more time in the office, but when they are present they will be more productive, happier and engaged.”


James Darvill

James is a passionate scriptwriter and reluctant poet with a talent for the dystopian. When he’s not staying up late watching the Simpsons he’s beating the world at Mario Kart, always with a glass of wine in hand.
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