British bosses were warned today to make better use of their office and workplace facilities, or face difficulty recruiting and retaining staff.

The caution – from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – comes as new research* from the organisation highlights that almost half (47%) of the nation’s employees want upgrades to the properties they work in.

For recruitment, the issue of unsatisfactory offices and workplaces is shown to be a serious one, given that nearly nine tenths (89%) of Brits who work indoors say that the property plays a major role in whether or not they accept a new job. In fact, when asked to compare it to other factors, only ‘pay’ and ‘people’ are shown to be more important – with the office or workplace outranking ‘progression opportunities’ (45%), ‘company culture’ (39%) and ‘benefits’ such as gym membership (33%).

…RICS’ research also highlights that high-quality offices and workplace facilities have a role to play in retaining key members of staff. Four fifths (80%) of the survey respondents said that their workplace has a bearing on whether or not they’ll stay in their current job, while a further 88% said it had an impact on overall job satisfaction.

…For any company looking to improve its office or workplace, the research reveals the top 10 most desirable traits, based on the sample of 1,000 UK employees:
1. Lots of natural light (63%)
2. Good heating / ventilation (62%)
3. Regular cleaning (52%)
4. Good kitchen facilities (44%)
5. Good security (38%)
6. A café/bar/restaurant on site (31%)
7. Space to work away from desk (26%)
8. A gym on site (15%)
9. Good colour scheme (13%)
10. High ceilings (13%)

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