How to make the great indoors?
In a world that is constantly evolving, the role and function of the office have undergone significant changes, especially in the aftermath of the global pandemic. In light of this, Fora Form has conducted a comprehensive study shedding light on the shifting dynamics surrounding the office landscape. This study aims to explore what people value most about the office and what may be crucial in enticing them back to the workplace after the turbulent year of the pandemic.
Fora Form is dedicated to highlighting the importance of adapting office spaces to meet the needs of employees. Our belief is that workplace well-being is the key to achieving optimal productivity and creativity. By tailoring the office to the preferences and requirements of employees, businesses and employers can create a more appealing workspace. This is not only a strategy for retaining talent but also a method for maintaining a sustainable culture and fostering internal innovation.
56% consider being with colleagues the most important factor contributing to job satisfaction.
The survey reveals that being with colleagues is the most crucial factor for employee well-being. Notably, a good relationship with both leaders and colleagues is highly valued by employees, with a staggering 64% of respondents considering this aspect to be of utmost importance. This sentiment is especially prevalent among highly educated employees and individuals aged 25-34 years.
However, post-pandemic, many people prefer working from home, with 6 out of 10 choosing to stay at home for at least one day a week. While this provides flexibility, it challenges collaboration and the sense of belonging to a workplace. Meeting colleagues for collaboration and social interaction is considered as important as the practical reasons for choosing the office, and this is a key factor in returning to the office.
Nearly 40% consider an aesthetically pleasing and pleasant work atmosphere as essential for their job satisfaction.
The survey indicates that a pleasant work atmosphere is the second most important factor for employee well-being. A significant 35% of respondents state that a positive work atmosphere makes it more enjoyable to come to work, and it also contributes to boosting pride in their work (21%) and provides inspiration to be more productive (20%).
However, even though a pleasant work atmosphere is highly valued among employees, the survey indicates that many employers have neglected to take the necessary steps to improve well-being and collaboration after the COVID-19 pandemic. A substantial 55% of employers have not made any changes to their offices despite the demonstrated benefits.
3 out of 10 people in Norway report that their workplace has multiple levels and a clear hierarchical structure. This is highly favorable compared to the UK, where a whopping 6 out of 10 states that the workplace is characterized by a hierarchical structure.
The survey reveals a clear difference in office culture between Norway and the United Kingdom. In Norway, 3 out of 10 employees report that their workplace has multiple levels and a clear hierarchical structure, while in the United Kingdom, the number is higher, with 6 out of 10 experiencing a similar hierarchical structure. The fact that fewer people in Norway perceive their workplace as hierarchical is highly positive, as this lays the foundation for a good working environment.
Trust in the workplace has a significant impact on employees' collaboration and their ability to work together towards common business goals. Research shows that when employees trust their employers, the energy level at work increases, there are fewer sick days and productivity rises. Highly trusted workplaces, therefore, benefit from higher productivity, increased work motivation, and fewer absences among employees.