The 25 most important things at work

2017-01-10

What do you think is most important in your workplace? A comfortable chair and a functional desk are probably fairly obvious, but what then?

The research firm Leesman has asked 155,000 office staff in Europe what they consider to be most important for well-being and creativity at work. The report reveals a number of exciting facts, such as that the sound level is a high priority, but that only 26 per cent feel that they work in an environment with good acoustics. Or that fully 40 per cent are dissatisfied with the cleaning in their workplaces. From 1–25, here is the list of what is most important at work – and how satisfied/dissatisfied we are.

What are the most important factors in creating an efficient and enjoyable workplace?
(In percentages)

1. Desk 93.3  
2. Chair 92.1
3. Coffee and other refreshments 88.9
4. Cleaning 82.8 
5. Computer equipment (fixed) 82.1
6. Toilets 81.0
7. Printer and copying 80.9
8. Adjustable temperature 80.7
9. Phone 80.3
10. Restaurant/staff canteen 79.5
11. Small meeting rooms 78.9
12. IT service 78.9
13. Individual storage space  78.2
14. Natural light            77.3
15. Wifi and network connection 76.7 
16. Noise level 76.5
17. Large meeting rooms 71.4
18. Order and tidiness 69.9
19. Internet connection 69.7
20. Air quality                69.6
21. Computer equipment – moveable      68.7
22. Office lighting          66.4
23. Parking 65.3
24. Quiet rooms (for creative work) 63.1
25. Remote connection to work files or networks 63.0