Consulting almost 14,000, international office suppliers Viking have compiled results from nine surveys conducted across the last three years to reveal UK workers most crucial demands. To find out what not only workers struggle with but also what keeps them most engaged, topics such as mental health and work place structure were covered to reveal what needs improving.

Andy Jones, SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist at Viking, said about the research:

“Employers need to be aware of what their workers want if they plan on recruiting and retaining the best staff. Our research highlights things to improve and implement to achieve this goal. Employees need to feel supported and heard in their organisations and responding to this information will help employers do this.”

Using the data obtained, Viking created a guided for employers, highlighting the most significant needs and wants of what today’s employees.

1. Employees need more information about Display Screen Equipment Safety:

58% of British workers are sat for over five hours a day at work, 8 in 10 (82%) worry about the impact this will have on their health.

2. Workers need more support on mental health:

6 in 10 (60%) workers have negative thoughts about their job more than once a week, while almost half of employees (48%) work over their contracted hours at least once a week. 43% say they feel unpleasant pressure to succeed at least once a week.

3. Managers need mental health training:

Nearly Two-thirds (65%) of managers have never had useful mental health training even though the same amount has been approached with a mental health problem.

4. Employees want to work remotely:

6 in 10 people (60%) want to work from home for some of their working week.

5. Lunch breaks need to be protected:

Almost two-thirds (65%) work through their lunch break at least once a week.

6. Longer hours, shorter weeks:

Half of people (51%) want to work a four-day week, working longer hours Monday to Thursday.

7. Offices need more art:

Half of people (50%) think every office should have art as 53% feel it will make them happier and less stressed.

8. Workers need more information about social media policies:

51% didn’t even know if their workplace had one.

9. Annoying office habits should be curbed:

Colleagues being late, complaining all the time and eating smelly foods are amongst the things that made 4 in 10 people (41%) think about leaving their job.

10. Employers should not ban social media:

29% say it would make them less productive.

Using this evidence, why not look into ways that your company can improve on such topics to help reach your employee’s needs.

Let us know if you have implemented change into your workplace thanks to this article by tweeting us at @AspireCPL

Photo by Johnson Wang on Unsplash