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14 November 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970

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 | Published 14 November 2014


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