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Nearly half of people 'unhappy with their workplace standards', reveals PHS survey
New research commissioned by PHS Group, a leading 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 impacts on their productivity, PHS Group believes that it is now time for organisations to take note.
Gareth Rhys Williams, Chief Executive at PHS Group, explains: "This research was undertaken in a bid to identify what really makes a good workplace in the eyes of today's workforce. 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.
"Our survey has exposed a number of interesting findings, which are impacting on business profitability each and every day. With companies vying for the best talent, a pleasant working environment is actually 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 culture (68%), as well as a high correlation between the standard of the workplace and employee work life balance (64%).
To promote a happy workplace, PHS has outlined its top tips:
1. 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.
2. Keep the workplace smelling fresh. Unpleasant smells are bound to demotivate staff.
3. Ensure staff have access to drinking water. A hydrated team is a more productive one.
4. Office plants don't only improve the look of a workplace, they also improve productivity and wellbeing.
5. Ensure employees are getting the downtime they deserve. Regular breaks will keep staff motivated and upbeat.
The PHS Group now takes care of over 200,000 customers at more than 450,000 locations across the UK, Ireland, Spain and The Netherlands. The Group offers a wide variety of workplace services aimed at improving people's work and leisure environment, in four key areas; Hygiene, Workplace, Waste and Confidential Data.
20th November 2014