The space in which you work can have a pronounced effect upon your performance in the role, as we have discussed in the past to varying degrees. However even after realising that a change is needed, many companies struggle to find the ideal solution. Luckily, the folks over at Capital One are on hand to help as they have just released the results of a brand new survey which sought to ascertain those perks and features most favoured by employees, and which help them to work to their peak performance.

In a recent press release introducing the report, Capital One’s VP of workplace solutions William Baker admitted that the survey was not undertaken with entirely selfless motivations, as they hoped to solicit external feedback over the course of the survey which would assist the company in understanding how to attract and retain employees. Mr Baker said, “As a data-driven company, it made sense for us to get insights from our major markets to ensure that our strategy aligns with the expectations of top talent.”

Perhaps surprisingly, nearly two-thirds of the survey’s 2,500 respondents assert that the overall workplace environment is equal to or even more important than an office’s physical location. The overwhelming sentiment expressed in the survey’s results however, as cited by 82% of respondents, is that in order to create an environment in which innovation flourishes and staff performance is at its best, this same ethos of innovation must be carried through the design of the office itself.

Getting into specifics, ample natural light was revealed to be the most sought-after design element in offices, being singled out by 62% of respondents. Given the countless studies and indeed our own articles that have highlighted the wide range of positive effects to stem from the adequate provision of natural lighting, this one comes as little surprise.

In close second came reconfigurable spaces and varied furniture options, with 43% of respondents expressing a desire for such features. This was followed by the inclusion of dedicated spaces for relaxation, wellness, and socialisation purposes, which were mentioned by more than one third of respondents as an appealing feature in offices.

With the professional landscape continuing to shift as millennials begin to make up more and more of the working population, employers and designers alike would do well to bear these factors in mind, lest the end up with a dissatisfied and unproductive workforce.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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