The importance of a permanent workplace


You’d be forgiven for thinking Millennials and Generation Z are the flighty types who embrace hot desking, co-operative spaces and working from random venues, such as a coffee shop one day and an art gallery the next but new research casts down on the desire to be a hyper-mobile workforce.

Ricoh – a leader in document services, consulting, software and hardware – commissioned a study in tandem with Oxford Economics, entitled ‘The Economy of the People’. It found 93% of all employees unanimously agree that working from a fixed location is where they feel most productive, while 85% of employees stated their office workstation is essential to productivity.

It’s worth noting that these telling responses came from employees, whereas only 64% of executives thought a workstation was a driver of productivity – a warning shot that the hierarchy are not in tune with their workforce.

Commenting on the findings, John Reiners at Oxford Economics, said “though we hear often about trends to flexible co-working spaces and mobile working, our research shows that most workers want a private space at work with a workstation, environment and supporting infrastructure that helps them be productive.”

While granting the option of occasional home working still brings benefits (the same research found that only 26% of employees feel like they are productive working from home), it should be considered a perk and not an engrained, everyday way of working. Employers need to note the research findings and react by creating a workplace where their employees feel most comfortable and focused.

If you’d like us to initiate a company-wide survey concerning workplace satisfaction, relating to design, specification and layout, give us a call. We can create a new office design and complete an end-to-end workplace refurbishment, with improved workstations and private space.