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How does workplace design affect employee satisfaction?

A 2019 Staples Workplace Survey revealed that workers continue to resist the one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to office design, particularly open office plans. 52% of employees said that the open office layout creates distractions.

Workers crave choice when it comes to their work environment, with 90% of them saying that more flexible work arrangements and schedules would increase morale. Even more telling is that two-thirds of employees (about 67%) said they would consider leaving their job if work arrangements became less flexible.

“Employees no longer embrace the traditional 9-to-5, and instead seek an environment that accommodates the fact that their needs may change day-to-day,” said Chris DeMeo, vice president of Staples Brand Group. “It may be a leap of faith for offices used to the old ways of doing things, but it’s one that could yield dividends in terms of recruitment, retention, and productivity.”

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In addition to flexibility, employees want a healthy place to work, with 41% of workers saying they would take a 10% pay cut for a job that cares more about their well-being.

Still, employers have a ways to go when it comes to meeting these needs. About 42% of employers have a wellness program and a measly 22% of workers said their offices have a dedicated wellness room.

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