Office environment could mean make or break for British workers

Workspace is the deal-breaker for 53% of British job-hunters

More than one in two workers would turn down a job if they didn’t like the office space, according to new research.
A survey of 1,014 UK workers in full or part time work carried out by e-tailer has revealed that more than half (53%) of job hunters would turn down a role if they did not like the company’s office or working environment.
When quizzed on the factors that would influence the decision to take a job, one in two respondents cited the location of the office as key.
Outdated decor would put off 41% of UK workers, while a lack of natural light would deter 38%.
Nearly one in three (32%) say they would be influenced in their decision to take a job by broken or outdated furniture, and the same number said a dirty or unhygienic workplace is a deal-breaker.
Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at, said: “The data shows that companies need to pay attention to much more than salaries and benefits, when trying to attract top talent.
“The average UK worker spends 8,060 hours a year at work, so it’s understandable that the environment can be a deal maker or breaker for many.
“Employers looking to attract the most talented staff in their field should keep this in mind when inviting candidates to interview.
“It’s not so easy to change the location of the office, however they can ensure that there are onsite catering facilities and breakout areas for lunch, and even arrange car pools or an employee bus service that connects to local transport links.
“Also ensuring the space is always kept clean and tidy, furniture is in good condition and the decor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start.”
Top 5 workspace deal-breakers for job hunters
  • Location (e.g. close to transport links, places to eat, amenities etc.) – 50%
  • Outdated decor – 41%
  • Lack of natural light – 38%
  • Broken or old furniture – 32%
  • Dirty and unhygienic work space – 32%
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