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

Monday, 9 December

Not Ticking all the Boxes

New research commissioned by the PHS Group, a major UK provider of workplace services, has revealed that 48% of people are unhappy with the hygiene standard of their workplace.

With 88% reporting that the standard of their workplace has an impact on their productivity, PHS Group believes that it is now time for organisations to take note.

The survey has exposed a number of findings, which are having an adverse effect on business profitability throughout the working year. With companies vying for the best talent, a pleasant working environment is seen as ‘very important to potential employees’.

When asked what could be upgraded, the survey respondents felt most strongly about improved scents, office cleanliness and washroom hygiene. It was also revealed that with 87% working in an open plan office, 25% would welcome a casual breakout area.

The survey also highlights a strong relationship between the standard of the workplace and company attitude (68%), as well as a high correlation between the standard of the workplace and employee work life balance (64%).

 

To promote a ‘happy workplace’ the survey has recommended:

  • Workplace cleanliness is essential for staff morale, productivity and reducing staff illness. Ensure hygiene standards are high in all areas, including working environments and washrooms.
  • Keep the workplace smelling fresh. Unpleasant smells are bound to demotivate staff.
  • Ensure staff have access to drinking water. A hydrated team is a more productive one.
  • Office plants do not only improve the look of a workplace, they also improve productivity and wellbeing.
  • Ensure employees are getting the downtime they deserve. Regular breaks will keep staff motivated and upbeat.

“This research was undertaken in a bid to identify what really makes a good workplace in the eyes of today’s workforce,” explained Gareth Rhys Williams, Chief Executive, PHS Group. “With up to five distinct working generations, for example Baby Boomers and Gen Y, now operating in the same workplace, organisations need to understand what motivates them.”

The survey sample of 108 respondents included individuals with varying job roles in companies of all sizes. The gender breakdown was 43% female and 57% male. 

 

Picture: The workplace is not a happy experience for almost half of staff according to findings by PHS Group but simple steps can rectify this

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

Share



Related Articles

For Hands That Do

Paul Jakeway explains why workplaces should think beyond the provision of handwashing opportunities – and implement a structured skin care programme that keeps the...

 Read Full Article
Stop Being Sick of Winter Infections

Hand hygiene systems can make a huge difference in the workplace by reducing the chances of staff getting sick in the first place argues Mike Sullivan, MD of GoJo...

 Read Full Article
Time to Get Out of the Office

Feedback on new business ideas should be sought outside company walls, research from King’s Business School and the University of Amsterdam has found, but...

 Read Full Article
A Workspace Worth Consuming

Luis De Souza asks - and answers - the question what will help people work more flexibly in 2018? In a recent survey of office workers, 33% said they wanted to be more...

 Read Full Article
Wimpey Builds A Better Workplace

According to the Glassdoor job website, Taylor Wimpey has been voted as one of the best places to work in 2018. Scoring 4.3 out of 5 overall, the national housebuilder...

 Read Full Article
Supporting Better Working Environments

Almost every day there seems to be a new research report, opinion piece or white paper discussing how employee happiness, wellbeing and agile working contribute to...

 Read Full Article
Doin' Alright With Your Christmas Of White?

Many office workers and business executives will barely take a break this Christmas, with new research revealing that one-third expect to log on to work and check email...

 Read Full Article
FM Role In International Day for Persons with Disabilities

Services company Sodexo has signed up to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme to employ, support and promote people with disabilities. The announcement...

 Read Full Article
Happiness - The Greatest Gift Firms Can Give?

From bricks and mortar to the heart and soul of the workplace, Marie Puybaraud, Global Head of Research at JLL Corporate Solutions, attempts to decode the happiness at...

 Read Full Article
Bah Humbug - Black Friday Lunacy On The Horizon

Next week sees the Black Friday hullaballoo fall on the 24th - and up to 90% of 18-44-year olds will be sitting in front of a company computer (or their own device at...

 Read Full Article