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State of workplace hits staff productivity

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. State of workplace hits staff productivityOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Almost a quarter of office workers are dissatisfied with their workspace,according to a new report by the Industrial Society. The report claims the state of the workplace can determine performance andproductivity with heating, cooling, noise and ventilation affecting staffphysically and psychologically. Despite improvements by some firms, which offer gyms and chill out areas, thespace available to staff is still largely dependent on rank and status. Privateoffices are the preserve of senior managers and most staff work in an open-planarea. Employees have little influence on the design of their own workspace,despite the impact it can have on their health and performance. Poor spacedesign can also discourage communication and can often lead to unnecessaryconflict. The report author Max Nathan says the situation is expensive for employers.”Workspace which makes its users unhappy or uncomfortable iscounterproductive. But there is another less obvious cost. The time, energy,effort and creativity that the workforce spends avoiding or modifying theirplaces of work to something that fits their needs is time not spent on theirjobs,” he said. www.indsoc.co.uklast_img read more