British workers shun fancy Silicon Valley style offices

UK workers more concerned with windows which actually open, separate eating areas and plants and flowers 

Slides, sleeping pods and ping pong tables may be popular in Silicon Valley offices, but Brits have very different ideas about their dream office environments, according to new research by
A survey of 1,096 British workers, including both home workers and those who work from their employers’ premises published in the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) Workers Report, revealed that while employees at companies such as Capital One can enjoy ‘sleeping nooks’ in which to take rest breaks during the day, less than 1 in 10 (7%) British workers would like sleeping pods in their ideal office.
And while Google’s headquarters feature slides, basketball courts and grown up playground equipment, just 8% of UK workers described them as a key component of their dream office.
Only 8% of British workers were interested in social media office enhancements, such as the selfie booths as seen in the offices of fashion retailer, Missguided.
Research revealed that in fact all workers really wanted was simple environmental enhancements, such as windows that open to provide fresh air during the working day (49%), and separate eating areas (44%) in which to enjoy their meals away from their desks, in a relaxing social environment.
Having plants and greenery in the workplace, to cleanse the air, was third most popular (40%) for office workers.
Andrew Davies, spokesperson for, said:  “I’m sure for many employers this research will provide reassurance that they needn’t be trying to live up to the offices of companies like Google and Capital One, and can instead focus on simple creature comforts.
“Employers who are looking to retain existing and possibly attract new employees should ensure their office and working environment is appealing to staff. They can achieve this by introducing simple environmental enhancements such as break out areas, flexible workspaces and a fully functioning kitchen. Our research shows workers aren’t looking for flashy, whacky workspaces, but simple and functional features.
“A more appealing working environment can have positive effects on productivity, employee engagement and wellbeing. And as such, many companies are open to the idea of blowing budgets on updating working environments, however this research shows that this isn’t necessary in order to achieve a happy workforce.”
The top 10 environmental enhancements which appear in UK workers’ dream offices:
  1. Windows that open – 49%
  2. Separate eating areas – 44%
  3. Plants and flowers – 40%
  4. Chill out zones – 37%
  5. Fully working kitchens– 29%
  6. Standing desks/workspaces – 10.3%
  7. Flexible ‘hot desk’ workspaces – 10.1%
  8. Social media-friendly environmental enhancements (e.g. selfie booths) – 8.3%
  9. Grown up playground/park equipment – e.g. slides – 8.2%
  10. Sleeping pods/spaces – 7.7% specialises in high quality printer ink cartridges, supplying homes, businesses and public sector organisations including schools and Government departments.

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Hannah Hamilton, who is a former Fife College student, is a reporter and assistant content editor for Scotland B2B, specialising in B2B news and features. She can be contacted via