Counting the Strengths in Workspace Imperfection

Counting the strengths in workplace imperfections

There’s no such thing as a perfect office.

Whether you work in a business centre, coworking space, cubicle or at home, you can’t be happy within your environment 100% of the time. Even if you could achieve complete satisfaction, what constitutes your dream office could be your colleague’s perfect nightmare.

This infographic by Orega is a fun example. Based on a poll of 1,000 workers across the UK, the research sought to identify the most annoying habits displayed by people within the workplace.

Here are some of the highlights – or rather, the lowlights:

  • 20% rated rudeness and poor manners as the most annoying habit within the office;
  • Laziness is a major bug-bear for one quarter of 25-34 year-olds;
  • Phrases like ‘touch base’, ‘ping me’ and ‘going forward’ irritate office workers;
  • For 13% of voters, the worst thing about office life is long, dragging meetings;
  • Most female respondents say they hate it when people come into work when they’re ill. For men, it’s feeling obliged to go to office social events.

So it’s official – there’s no such thing as a perfect office. And thank goodness for that!

We are all so wonderfully different. Each and every person has their own unique likes and dislikes, and the flexible workspace industry celebrates this diversity in a myriad different ways. It’s what makes this sector so accommodating, so versatile, so exciting – and it’s what’s giving businesses of all shapes and sizes, from freelancers and startups to SMEs and corporates, the springboard they need to thrive and succeed.

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As a service-driven business model that has the ability to cater to such a vast array of requirements, our sector is constantly seeking to ‘go one better’ in order to accommodate clients’ varying needs.

This in itself generates innovative solutions that continually polish flexible workspace standards. From small touches to more noticeable effects like launching new services or products, this quest for ‘perfection’ always leads to a better and more intuitive environment for flexible workspace clients.


It also leads to real game-changing moments for the industry. For instance, a decade ago, who’d have thought that business centres would be opening coworking spaces on gym-style memberships?

In a perfect world, problems don’t exist – and yet workspace evolution happens when problems are answered. It’s those very imperfections that motivate operators to step up and make the impossible, possible. In so doing, they push their business and the wider industry to the next level, and open the door to whole new audiences.

Acclaimed U.S. sports coach Vince Lombardi once said: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.

Perfection? Pfft. Where’s the fun in that?

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