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Google gets best office vote

Google is the office in which British employees would most like to work, according to research conducted by Office Genie.

Google’s London HQ, equipped with a swimming pool, games area, running track and roof-top garden, is a workplace most could only dream of. In comparison, many UK offices lack even basic features such as quiet areas, private spaces and chill-out zones.

The survey of 1,456 office workers asked which workplace respondents would most like to work from, the choices a selection of famously flamboyant workspaces. Google won the majority of votes, with 51 per cent of respondents making it the sure favourite.

Apple came in second (15 per cent), followed by Facebook (9 per cent). Much like Google, Apple’s HQ has a fitness centre and the luxury of reflective areas including an orchard and a meadow. Facebook has everything from an array of modern art to a rooftop park – and meeting rooms that double up as ball pits!

The majority of offices in Britain, in stark contrast, do not have areas that aid lone-working (67 per cent), offer privacy (54 per cent), or opportunities for quiet work (58 per cent). They also lack spaces that promote collaboration (45 per cent) and do not have chill-out areas for staff (74 per cent).

Commenting on the findings, Peter Ames, Head of Strategy at Office Genie, said: “Google are famous for their ‘quirky’ office spaces and are worthy winners of the nation’s favourite office space.

“However behind what many may see as novelty ball pits and slightly indulgent slides Google, along with all the companies on our list, design space in hugely effective ways.

“The underlying factor behind these spaces is delivering the environments, and specifically the different environments people need to do their job effectively.

“All of these offices follow, in some way, an activity-based working formula and everything is designed, even slides and ball pit for employee’s enjoyment, with very clear purpose.

“Employers across the UK can really benefit from following suit, from the theory behind this at least: It needn’t be an expensive process but thoughtful design, with space allocated for the variety of tasks staff are expected to complete, can go a long way to boosting both happiness and productivity.”

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