Workplace design and Employee Engagement

Workplace design and Employee Engagement

Its a proven fact that employees who are kept engaged at the workplace are more loyal to the organization, take initiatives and are more likely to fall sick. In a nutshell, they are more productive. The irony or the challenge here is that close to 87% of companies accept the fact that keeping their employees engaged is one of the biggest challenges that they face. Almost two-thirds of executives do not feel they are effectively driving this desired culture within their business.

Many studies conducted have pointed to one fact, that there is a very strong correlation between high workplace satisfaction and high employee engagement, with employees who have greater control over their physical workplace – including access to private spaces – also reporting the highest engagement levels. The findings show that employers could be missing a trick when it comes to planning their employee engagement strategies.

We are now citing the key findings of a key global report on this :

Employee engagement positively correlates with workplace satisfaction.

The data shows that workers who are highly satisfied with various aspects of their workplace also demonstrate higher levels of engagement. Yet, only 13 percent of global workers are highly engaged and highly satisfied with their workplace. The inverse is true as well: 11 percent of employees are highly dissatisfied with their offices and are also highly disengaged.

Engaged employees have more control over their experiences at work.

A distinguishing characteristic of engaged employees is that they have a greater degree of control over where and how they work, including access to privacy when they need it. They are empowered, both by organizational decisions and the spaces made available to them within their workplace, to make choices about where and how they work. This means they can manage their need for privacy, concentrate more easily and collaborate with their teams without disruptions.

Fixed Technology exceeds mobile by 2:1.

Despite the high global adoption of mobile devices for personal use, the vast majority of respondents report that their organizations provide twice as much fixed technology as mobile options for work. The vast majority of workers report that they are equipped with landline telephones (86 percent) and desktop computers (80 percent). Far fewer employees have laptops (39 percent), mobile phones (40 percent) or tablet computers (13 percent) available to them at work. And in recent UK research, 16 percent said that the technology they used at home was far superior to that provided by their employer


Traditional work styles persist.

Across the globe, the most common workplace layout features a combination of open spaces and private offices, but more than 60 percent of global employees say they work in either individual or shared private offices. The greatest contrast in open environments and private or shared offices can be seen in Europe, where in the United Kingdom nearly half of all office layouts are entirely open (49 percent), while in Germany 54 percent of overall physical workplaces consist entirely of an individual or shared private offices.In India, this concept is still relatively absent.

Cultural context influences engagement levels.  

The most highly engaged employees hail from emerging economies, where people have different expectations of their work environments than those in established economies. Workers from developing countries such as India and Mexico are some of the most highly satisfied and engaged, while people in France, Belgium, and Spain are less engaged. Analysis of the data identified a pattern indicating that the country where employees live, its culture and the resulting expectations have an impact on how highly engaged and satisfied they are with their workplace.

How workplace design can be used to boost employee engagement

Again it might come as a surprise but the majority of the employees in a company are either engaged or completely disengaged. They are neither harming the company nor benefiting it. Their productivity is just neutral, and we all know that to beat the competition we have to be more productive. So what can be done to make things more productive, simple drive engagement? How? Well here is how

  • Give them choice to control their working hours and location.
  • Promote a culture of collaborative working.
  • The workspace should provide decent privacy to enhance focus.
  • Provide a place for social interactions.
  • There should be enough space to move around freely.
  • Incentivize healthy habits

Needless to point it here that a good housekeeping services provider will be your best partner in fostering engagement at the workplace. They feel the pulse of your company and can really be instrumental in driving engagement.

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