Take WeWork, for example. As a company, they offer co-working and shared office space in London & across the world. The London, Paddington building has a relaxed and creative workspace including open terraces, a ‘wellness’ room and a games area. We all love games, and table tennis can help us recharge our batteries, but let’s face it - companies need to provide a lot more in order to have fulfilled, happy workers.
The office is for work, but…
A recent study by JLL, Workplace, powered by Human Experience, found that creating a comfortable atmosphere at the office and making people feel good at work is not just a slogan. Seven out of ten employees think that offices should foster happiness, but only 12% think that the workplace should offer the opportunity to play games. So it turns out that games are not the best way to bring happiness after all. Employees would prefer that their workplace make them comfortable and satisfied at work. But what does that really mean?
Move away from traditional offices
Appointing a Chief Happiness Officer can help you solve the problem. JLL’s Workplace, powered by Human Experience study found that 85% of workers were eager to have a Chief Happiness Officer at their workplace. Ask Google they already have one, with more appearing in other large firms.
So why is employee happiness at the workplace becoming increasingly more important for companies? Managers are starting to realise that happy and relaxed workers are more engaged and empowered as a result. It’s not a secondary issue any more because new generations of workers are becoming more demanding regarding their workplace – they want to have an office that brings out the best out of them. A happy worker is a better worker.
And there are interesting statistics to substantiate the claim: 37% of employees want to have an office where they can work away from their desks; 47% want to have access to rooms where they can concentrate, with 40% wanting spaces where they can rest and relax.
How do you really know what your employees need?
It is worth thinking about designing the office space with your employees in mind. They are the ones who know best what kind of workspace they need.
Truly flexible and agile work settings which offer a choice of working environments will result in a productive workforce. As identified in our study, having a workspace where comfort, creativity, focus and enthusiasm are encouraged is key to making your employees fulfilled and happy.