Having surveyed 4,500 office workers to date, we’ve been afforded a solid viewpoint of the wants and needs of Europe’s workforce. On the brink of Brexit, here we share our top five findings from the research so far, highlighting the vast differences in Europe’s workplace habits!
• The UK is the most frustrated workforce in Europe.
Despite the majority of UK employees currently being based in open plan offices (58%), they are the least likely of all regions to work collaboratively (10%).
• 80% of Swedish office workers put in more than their contracted hours, despite feeling most fulfilled when their home and work lives are in sync. Rather than crave flexible working hours – as all the other regions do – they desire an early finish one day per week. This indicates that rather than greater ‘flex’ what they need is more downtime outside of the office.
• Similarly, in the Netherlands, two thirds of employees work more than their contracted hours. As a result of this, 30% feel they lack the time to utilise any employee benefits offered by the organisation they work for. Despite being able to work off-site, the majority (67%) still believe they are most productive in the office, indicating a want and need for a dedicated workplace.