(PRWEB UK) 24 October 2013
With companies placing more emphasis on tailoring a creative atmosphere, it appears that such an investment has paid off – with a healthy social area in an office making as much as a 20 per cent improvement in employee satisfaction.
According to a report featured in business-reporter.co.uk, a survey conducted by workplace effectiveness measurement experts, Leesman, noted that the difference between agencies with average and high employee satisfaction was a space for workers to collaborate.
A spokesperson for Planscape commented: “As the surge in creative start-ups continues to dominate the marketplace, many rivalling businesses are suddenly keen to embrace its own attempt at a creative culture in an attempt to retain its employees.
“Whether it’s through introducing home comforts to the workplace or introducing company perks, conventions in the office are becoming more relaxed – resulting in a boost in productivity.”
Where offices were once constricted to cubicles, firms are now embracing open plan spaces – even encouraging members of staff to hot desk (swapping their normal seats with someone from a different department). By getting employees to communicate openly instead of being limited to their desks, this simple action helps spur motivation and establishes meaningful connections – both personally and professionally.
Managing director at Leesman, Tim Oldman, said: “Social cohesion spaces are the key areas of difference between the highest-performing companies in satisfaction surveys in areas like pride and productivity to the poorest performing.
“Refreshment facilities, café areas, breakout areas and quiet spaces away from the desk all make the work environment a little more flavour-filled.”
The key to creating such ideal surroundings lies in removing people from their ‘fixed’ desks and instead directing them into ‘shared’ areas – where chance encounters allows individuals to truly engage.
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