The team at Lyreco work with office workers across the UK so it’s vital that we understand exactly how these people are feeling and thinking. That’s why we wanted to discover what makes people feel happy about their workplace, as well as what would make them say ‘wow’ if they walked into someone else’s office.
We surveyed 2,000 office workers via OnePoll and covered everything from the look and feel of an office, furniture and technology to how a company makes its employees feel. Some of the most important elements of a happy workplace are a relaxed attitude, supportive colleagues and flexible working hours. This was followed by a close-knit team and light-hearted atmosphere. However, the top three things that would make people feel happier at work are employers caring more about health and well-being, giving the office a makeover and recognising staff who do little things around the office such as tidy the kitchen or filing.
When it comes to creating an inspiring office environment, we asked what wall décor would allow people to be the most productive. Landscape photography, artwork and prints featuring inspirational quotes came out on top. One of our suppliers that agrees is tesa who offer a range of products which allow you to display items without the need for hooks, bolts or a screwdriver. The tesa Poster Powerstrips are perfect for workplaces which don’t have much space or where you aren’t able to add permanent fixtures onto walls. With 50% of office workers saying the look and feel of an office affects how well they do their job, it’s important to get this right and involve your team in creating a positive working environment.
Our survey also revealed that 22% of employees admit to being envious of friends because of their workplace. The most likely causes of desk envy in a workplace are being next to a window, privacy around your desk and amount of space. One way to get your desk more organised, at the same time as having the wow-factor, is to check out the colourful products in the Leitz wow range. There’s a range of products and colours to choose from that will make sure you stay on top of clutter.
Half of the office workers agreed that the look and feel of an office affects how well they do their job. Whilst 46% said that good quality office furniture helps make an employee feel valued at work. One product which shows just how much employees’ health is considered is the Fellowes Sit-Stand desk. This offers so many health benefits to an individual both physically and mentally as research has shown sitting in the same position for long periods of time isn’t good for us.
Seven in ten office workers would like their employers to give them more space and time to think things through with only 22% specifically given time to concentrate on being creative at work. When you next get creative there are an amazing range of Post-It products from 3M including its Super Sticky Big Notes which can then be displayed on walls to keep the ideas coming. They are ideal for throwing down thoughts and working together in a group brainstorm.
Colour is an important consideration for creating an office that will wow employees and visitors. 37% of office workers admitted that the colour in an office affects their mood at work. We love the range of coloured pens on offer from Stabilo, whether you are looking for highlighters to mark key information or use their coloured biros to write actions for different people.
Being eco-friendly also has a part to play in how we feel about our employers. Almost three in ten office workers wished they had more flexibility to purchase eco-friendly products and a third wished their employer cared more about the environment. Our friends at Navigator really focus on making sure as a company it has sustainability in mind when creating its range of paper.
It’s important to consider which office products you buy for your workplace with 39% of office workers agreeing that good quality office supplies show an employee that they are valued. The Oxford Black N’ Red notebooks are a perfect example of a high-quality product that has been designed to last, at the same time as inspiring creativity with motivational quotes on the inside.
On our social channels we’ve been sharing lots of inspiration and ideas to create the wow-factor in your office. Make sure you are following Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn as there are plenty more hints, tips and competitions to come. We’d love to hear what makes you go wow when you walk into an office, just use the hashtag #LyrecoOfficeWow so we can find them.