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The Office is Make or Break For British Workers


More than 1 in 2 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 etailer, has revealed 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, 1 in 2 respondents cite the location of the office as key.

Outdated décor would put off 41% of UK workers, while a lack of natural light would deter 38%.

Almost 1 in 3 (32%) say they would be influenced in their decision to take a job by broken or outdated furniture, and the same number said a dirty or unhygienic workplace is a deal-breaker.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 décor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start.”

The top 5 workspace deal-breakers for job hunters:-

  • Location (e.g. close to transport links, places to eat, amenities etc.) – 50%
  • Outdated décor – 41%
  • Lack of natural light – 38%
  • Broken or old furniture – 32%
  • Dirty and unhygienic workspace – 32% is an etailer of affordable, yet stylish home furnishings for every room in the house including a range of good quality office furniture, which can be purchased through its website.

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*Data from the ONS – 05.04.17


With over 15 years experience within the Recruitment industry, Mark considers digital publishing, digital engagement, recruitment marketing and advertising (all media), digital video production, creative design and more recently social media development as his core knowledge and where a lot of his experience lays.

Having been at the forefront of the digital publishing sector for well over a decade, Mark has founded numerous job boards and publishing businesses.

He has very strong business ethics, built on transparency and trust and equally as important, he enjoys close working relationships with all clients. A self-confessed digital geek Mark lives and breathes online media ensuring Recruitment Buzz stays ahead of the curve.


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