In order to provide the optimum working environment for the modern professional, the ideal office will incorporate a great number of features ranging from the obvious to the somewhat obscure. Today we are going to focus on one of the latter, as a new survey of 2,000 18-24 year olds conducted by Orbital Systems has revealed that for as many as 21% of job-seeking millennials, the presence of shower facilities is considered to be a factor in their decision as to whether to take a job or pass it up; furthermore 10% of respondents went so far as to state that shower facilities will ‘definitely’ influence their decision to accept a job.

As for why shower facilities are now seen as so important to so many, flexibility and an eco-conscious attitude seem to be the primary motivating factors behind this heightened desire for on-site showers at the office. The provision of such facilities allows those who wish to cycle to work the chance to freshen up before beginning their day, while those who want to keep healthy with a lunchtime jog can do so without worry. This is good not only for the health and wellbeing of the workforce, but also the environment as it encourages fewer employees to drive to and from the office.

Mehrdad Mahdjoubi - CEO and Founder of Orbital Systems - stated, “The modern workforce wants a level of flexibility from their office space, and the freedom to fit their career around their passions and aspirations – not the other way around. Quality shower facilities can encourage a cyclist to pedal into work in the morning, or joggers to leave their desk at lunchtimes and take a run.

“A company benefits hugely from an active and healthy workforce who feel their employer caters for their health and happiness, as well as their professional progression. Developing this ‘future lifestyle’ is a key core value of Orbital Systems, where we implement our expertise in hygiene and our NASA-certified technology to further this ideal.”

Mark Hilton, Resource Efficiency Lead at environmental consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd, also commented on the findings, “Recent graduates are often aware of the challenges associated with climate change, and committed to making sustainable choices. On that basis young professionals are more inclined to look for companies who have environmental credibility and an ethical stance towards operating sustainably. As well as providing the right facilities, businesses can put forward policies that support sustainable transport choices.”

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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