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How the Office Environment Affects Your Recruitment and Staff Retention

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By Shane O’Hare

A recent survey carried out on 1000 offices by Saracen Interiors has revealed how important a modern or comfortable office environment has on their recruitment and staff retention levels.

The study shows 41% of office workers say a modern office is a key factor when deciding to accept or reject a job offer, with 43% saying they’ve rejected job offers in the past due to uninspiring offices/working environments.


The study also suggested businesses should consider their office design when looking to retain the best talent, with 39% of respondents saying a dull office has been a key reason for leaving a previous position, and 22% saying they would actually take a 10% pay cut to move to a modern office.

Of the office workers surveyed, 50% said that while job hunting they research any potential employers to see what kind of office they have before deciding to apply for the role, with 66% saying they would be willing to travel further for a role in a modern office.

Commenting on the survey’s findings, Mike Page, CEO at Saracen Interiors said: “It’s clear to see from the survey results that business owners should be thinking more about their office design and how it appears to prospective employees when recruiting. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, employers should consider what impact their working environment has on their existing employees’ mental wellbeing, stress levels, and productivity.”



The study looked further into these issues finding that more than 2 in 3 office workers say their uninspiring office has a negative impact on their productivity at work. Of those who work in modern offices, a massive 72% say their inspiring office environment has a positive impact on their productivity.

When looking at the salaries of workers surveyed there appears to be a trend, with 62% of those on more than £60,000 saying a modern office has been a key factor when accepting a job offer, compared to 47% earning £30,001 – £60,000, and 40% for those earning less than £30,000.

In addition, millennials are also heavily swayed by modern offices, with almost half (48%) saying they have rejected job offers due to lack of a modern workplace. 50% of millennials also said a modern office has been a key reason for them accepting a job offer previously.

Source: Saracen Interiors



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