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The office workspace matters to British workers

More than one in two workers would turn down a job if they didn’t like the office space, according to new research.

A survey of 1,014 UK workers in full or part-time work carried out by retailer Furniture123.co.uk, has revealed more than half (53 per cent) of job hunters would turn down a role if they did not like the company’s office or working environment.

When quizzed on the factors that would influence the decision to take a job, one in two respondents cite the location of the office as key.  

Outdated décor would put off 41 per cent of UK workers, while a lack of natural light would deter 38 per cent.

Almost a third (32 per cent) say they would be influenced in their decision to take a job by broken or outdated furniture, and the same number said a dirty or unhygienic workplace is a deal-breaker.

Commenting on the survey results, Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at Furniture123.co.uk said:

“The data shows that companies need to pay attention to much more than salaries and benefits, when trying to attract top talent.

“The average UK worker spends 8,060 hours a year at work, so it’s understandable that the environment can be a deal maker or breaker for many.

“Employers looking to attract the most talented staff in their field should keep this in mind when inviting candidates to interview.

“It’s not so easy to change the location of the office, however they can ensure that there are onsite catering facilities and breakout areas for lunch, and even arrange car pools or an employee bus service that connects to local transport links.

“Also ensuring the space is always kept clean and tidy, furniture is in good condition and the décor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start.”

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