Survey: UK Office Workers Share their Workspace Wishlist

At Tiles Direct, we believe in enhancing interiors – and that includes everything from home to office. That’s why we’ve conducted a new online study designed to help us learn more about what the UK’s office workers are looking for from their working environment.

Allowing respondents to choose anything from natural light and furniture upgrades to better break areas and amenities, we asked members of the general public what would make their office a better space in which to work – as well as trying to find out whether office design could actually have a direct impact on the jobs we choose.

The results are in, and you’ll find them laid out below – segmented by gender, age bracket and geographical location.

 

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Topline results:

Does office design influence your decision to accept a job?

  • Yes: 25.3%
  • No: 74.7%

Men:

  • Yes: 14.4%
  • No: 85.6%

Women:

  • Yes: 36.2%
  • No: 63.8%

18-24 year olds:

  • Yes: 60.6%
  • No: 39.4%

25-34 year olds:

  • Yes: 24.0%
  • No: 76.0%

35-44 year olds:

  • Yes: 28.9%
  • No: 71.1%

45-54 year olds:

  • Yes: 6.9%
  • No: 93.1%

55-64 year olds:

  • Yes: 9.3%
  • No: 90.7%

England:

  • Yes: 25.0%
  • No: 75.0%

Scotland:

  • Yes: 15.3%
  • No: 84.7%

 

Topline results:

What would make your working environment better?

  • More natural light: 41.0%
  • Better lunch/break area: 25.5%
  • More personalised workspace: 22.0%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 20.5%
  • Better office furniture: 17.6%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 16.0%

Men:

  • More natural light: 41.5%
  • Better lunch/break area: 28.2%
  • More personalised workspace: 26.6%
  • Better office furniture: 22.3%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 19.1%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 11.8%

Women:

  • More natural light: 36.1%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 29.2%
  • Better lunch/break area: 25.6%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 20.9%
  • More personalised workspace: 16.7%
  • Better office furniture: 13.9%

18-24 year olds:

  • More natural light: 42.3%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 25.0%
  • More personalised workspace: 23.8%
  • Better lunch/break area: 21.4%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 19.3%
  • Better office furniture: 19.0%

25-34 year olds:

  • More natural light: 36.4%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 27.3%
  • Better lunch/break area: 23.1%
  • Better office furniture: 15.2%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 12.8%
  • More personalised workspace: 12.1%

35-44 year olds:

  • More natural light: 37.5%
  • Better office furniture: 34.0%
  • Better lunch/break area: 31.3%
  • More personalised workspace: 31.1%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 15.6%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 12.5%

45-54 year olds:

  • More natural light: 47.1%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 35.3%
  • More personalised workspace: 20.6%
  • Better lunch/break area: 18.0%
  • Better office furniture: 17.8%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 14.8%

55-64 year olds:

  • Better lunch/break area: 34.5%
  • More natural light: 29.4%
  • More personalised workspace: 26.8%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 26.5%
  • Better office furniture: 14.7%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 9.8%

England:

  • More natural light: 42.7%
  • Better lunch/break area: 24.8%
  • More personalised workspace: 21.7%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 19.1%
  • Better office furniture: 17.8%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 15.9%

Scotland:

  • More natural light: 36.0%
  • Better amenities (e.g. coffee machine, water cooler): 32.0%
  • More personalised workspace: 28.0%
  • Better lunch/break area: 26.1%
  • Better office furniture: 20.0%
  • Introduction of colour/art on the walls: 17.4%

 

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