The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

14forty Finds Forty-five Feel Force of Fluorescents

27 February 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970
 
Results of a small but perfectly formed office worker survey show it is the little things that make people happy and productive.

14forty, the integrated facilities management company that commissioned the research found that forty-five per cent would like to stay away from the draining influence of fluorescents and let natural light in as a key to boosting their productivity. This is followed closely with over a third (34%) of those questioned, who suggest that a clutter free office space is necessary. Surprisingly, fifteen per cent stated an open plan office helps them to be more efficient.

Although the sample was small, the findings are consistent with those of Mirjam Münch, whose study concluded that by increasing natural light, employees sleep better and are more rested, leading to increased productivity.

Effects of Prior Light Exposure on Early Evening Performance, Subjective Sleepiness, and Hormonal Secretion by Mirjam Münch, Friedrich Linhart, and Apiparn Borisuit. Click here for pdf

 

The top ten most important considerations the 100 UK office workers wanted are:

Natural light (35%); Good lighting (22%); Supported chairs (18%); Heating (16%); Air conditioning (15%); Clean desks (16%); Bins emptied regularly (19%); Storage space (23%)

Recycling (28%); Two screens (26%)

 

Hot-desking unpopular

When it comes to hot-desking the survey found that employees prefer to have their own designated space with 86 per cent of those questioned saying they preferred to have their own desk. A mere 1 per cent of respondents were in favour of hot-desking - 13 per cent said they preferred working from home. A freely available report from Regus has found up to 55 per cent of desks are unused in any office at any one point.

Steve Davies, MD of 14forty, said: “When it comes to hot-desk working, our research shows that employees are failing to understand the business benefits. Clearly it can deliver lower costs for businesses and has the potential to make for a more varied working environment for employees, however it needs to be managed effectively.”

 

Secret office hero

When it comes to those that work behind the scenes, 47% believe that the cleaner is the secret office hero in the workplace, while 32% of those that voted highlighted the work of the reception team.

 

Research into performance of virtual teams

A new research project has been launched to determine the best ways to manage virtual teams. The High Performing Virtual Teams (HPVT) initiative brings together specialist management consultants AWA with the Centre for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa) in Amsterdam. The project is seeking sponsorship from both workplace occupiers and suppliers.

With so many ‘knowledge workers’ now working together without being together, it’s important to understand what promotes or inhibits performance and productivity in these virtual teams. The research project will look at several different types of virtual working, including:

  • People working in teams that work a substantial part of their time at home
  • People who work in teams that work on the road
  • People who work in teams where team members are in different offices, locations or geographic territories
  • People who aren’t physically together because team members work multiple shift patterns

The research group is led by AWA’s Director of Consulting Karen Plum, who says managing virtual teams requires new attitudes, new understandings and new skills: “Virtual working, if not managed properly, can lead to disconnection, isolation and lack of trust. All of these can be fatal for both individual and team performance.

“We’re working with CEBMa to bridge the gap between academic research and workplace practice. The team will review all the research around effective strategies for managing virtual teams. We’ll prioritise research findings by quality and relevance and produce guidelines and a virtual working assessment tool.”

 

Breakfast talk

Sponsors for the HPVT research are actively being sought and interested parties are invited to a breakfast talk on 27th March in the City with the theme: ‘Virtual working … fad or a natural evolution?’

Book here online

Or here via email to Will Corlass wcorlass@advanced-workplace.com

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 27 February 2014

Share



Related Articles

bp Considers Reducing Property Portfolio By Half in Flexible Working Move

The multinational oil company is considering closing half of its properties in some locations, in a move towards flexible working for 50,000+ office-based...

 Read Full Article
Tech, Collaborative Working And Company Culture

To help lessen the spread of COVID-19, offices up and down the UK are relocating. The new location? The employee’s home. As the nation is encouraged to work...

 Read Full Article
Overloaded and Under Engaged – Tech and Emails are Turnoffs

UK office workers are wasting 1.8 billion hours a year due to mediocre technology and employees are increasingly disengaged from their colleagues and employers as they...

 Read Full Article
Woe The Phone - Vodafone Voted Worst Provider Seven Years Running

Vodafone has been rated the most woeful mobile phone provider in Which?’s annual mobile customer satisfaction survey for the seventh year running, while smaller...

 Read Full Article
Remote Working Not Remotely Stressful

Gerry Brennan reckons that breeding a culture of empathy, empowerment and engagement is the secret to making remote team working work. As organisations grow, one of...

 Read Full Article
Willmott Dixon and Wates Group Among Those Named Top Employers for Women

Three companies in the construction, property services and development sector have been recognised in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 guide. Willmott Dixon,...

 Read Full Article
Flexible Office Space to be Trialled in Tesco Supermarkets

IWG, whose brands include Regus and Basepoint, is to pilot flexible office space within a Tesco supermarket in New Malden. Excess retail space at the South London...

 Read Full Article
Five Ways to Review Your Real Estate for Flexible Working

For anyone still in doubt: flexible working is the future, not a fad, says Karl Breeze from Matrix Booking. In this opinion piece, Karl lays out his recommendations...

 Read Full Article
Industrial Design – Bratislava’s Heating Plant Turned Co-Working Space

The Jurkovič Heating Plant was a central part of Bratislava’s industrial centre and has been extensively renovated to preserve as many industrial design elements...

 Read Full Article
EMCOR UK Launches Parental Leave Policy

EMCOR UK has launched several parental leave policies with effect from January 2022.  Highlights of the new policy include 26 weeks’ full pay for mothers...

 Read Full Article