How your working environment impacts the way you work

When it comes to enjoying your job, it’s important to find the right working environment for you. That’s why more and more companies are looking at ensuring a good cultural fit when it comes to hiring new employees. But how does the working environment impact the way people work?

A worldwide study of engagement at work

A few years ago, Gallup - an organisation that shares analytical insight, allowing companies to solve problems they’re facing - conducted a study examining how engaged people are at work. The results were surprising; less than 15% of people worldwide claim to be engaged at work. This suggests that 85% of people worldwide aren’t as happy or productive as they could be.

Dr Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford University, believes that when a company creates a positive working environment, they don’t just see higher productivity and morale - they’ll also help to improve their employees’ physical and mental health, as well as their lifespan.

The impact of the office design on employees

A report by HR Review examined how office styles can impact an employee’s anxiety and stress levels, with those working from home experiencing the least amount of work-related stress. 

These results suggest open plan offices are more likely to create a better working environment than cubicle style ones. However, it’s important to note that the design of the open plan office can still impact workers. In a recent survey undertaken by Huxley, one respondent said, “If you’re in a poorly designed open office, the noise levels can become excessive and distracting,” whilst another felt working in a well organised office with like-minded people has helped them maintain a high productivity level.

Getting company culture right is important

For many people looking to change jobs, company culture is extremely important – after all, if you’re going to spend 8 hours a day somewhere, 5 days a week, you want to make sure you enjoy it. According to TriNet, having a strong company culture will:

  • Increase employee engagement
  • Drive productivity
  • Help to attract and retain talent

As they explain, “cultural fit has been known to be the biggest reason around employee turnover and management distraction.” And HR Review recently revealed that “poor company culture is costing the UK economy £23.6 billion per year,” with just over a third of employees quitting their jobs as a result of the company culture.

Therefore it’s more important than ever to ensure companies are hiring people who don’t just have the skills required to do the job, but will also seamlessly fit into the team and organisation. Here at Huxley, we understand the working environment has a significant impact on a company and their employees. That’s why we take the time to understand both our clients’ and our candidates’ needs – so when we produce a shortlist for clients or put a candidate forward for a job, we do so with cultural fit in mind.

So, whether you’re looking to grow your team or want a new job, our consultants can help. Contact us today and let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll put together a plan. 

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