A survey has revealed that almost one in two (49%) office workers don’t believe that their company management care about the working environment they provide.
This finding is despite 90% of employee respondents regarding a healthy workplace as important.
The study, carried out by HomeLeisureDirect.com, the UK’s leading supplier of specialist games room equipment, questioned 2,000 UK-based office workers, as part of research into office working environments.
The research posed a number of questions to gain an understanding of employee opinion around their workplace. Some of the questions focused on exercise, which found that when asked if they get 30 minutes of exercise per day (which could be running, walking, gym etc.) nearly half (44%) said no, with 69% of these citing a ‘lack of time’ as the reason why.
When asked if this lack of activity was concerning in regard to their health, 72% said that ‘yes’ it was.
Also according to the results, nearly three-fifths of workplaces (58%) had an ‘office breakout area’ where employees could relax or enjoy work based leisure activities such as table tennis, pool, foosball and so on. Of those that didn’t 70% of employees said they would like one.
Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said: “The fact that 1 in 2 office workers don’t believe their employer cares about the working environment they provide is a real eye-opener. Those of us who work in an office environment spend a huge chunk of our time there, so you’d like to think that management would take the time to ensure that it’s conducive to productivity and wellbeing. That such a high percentage don’t feel that applies to their workplace really is surprising.”
Andy continued: “Given the hectic pace of everyday life and the working pressures that many of us feel, it’s no surprise that a lot of us struggle to exercise daily. It’s actually quite reassuring that more than half of workplaces do have some form of breakout area – with the survey finding that table tennis was the most popular activity on offer. This is a great way to fit in some lunchtime exercise while also bonding with colleagues, so it ticks some key boxes when it comes to employee wellbeing. We’d like to think that more workplaces would offer it as an option given the fact 70% of employees would welcome the addition of a breakout area.”
More information and a summary of the research into employee opinion on their working environment can be found on the HomeLeisureDirect.com website via: https://www.homeleisuredirect.com/blog/inspiration/what-office-workers-want-from-employers.html