A survey of 6,000 office workers across Europe revealed that people in the UK were the most likely to describe their working environment as uninspiring, with some also choosing to describe it as grim, oppressive and toxic.
The research from Sharp suggests UK businesses are in the grip of a negativity epidemic, over two-thirds of office workers feel negatively about their workplace, with outdated ways of working causing low morale and low motivation across the country.
Technology in the workplace was identified as a major pain point, with just over half of respondents saying it is restrictive and limiting. Millennial workers (defined as those born after 1982), were more likely than the other age groups to say that they would be more motivated if their office had up to date technology. However, 45 per cent of this age group, despite having no experience of working life without computers and the internet, sometimes avoid using the technology in their office because it is too complicated.
Stuart Sykes, Managing Director, Sharp UK commented: “Making sure everyone feels motivated is important for creating a happy workplace, where people want to and can do their best work. Technology only improves motivation if it’s helpful and easy to use, otherwise it becomes a de-motivator, either not being used, or worse, causing frustration. Look at the tools you use, the tools you need and make those improvements that help people enjoy coming to work.”
He added: “Within the next 10 years, Millennials will make up the majority of our workforce, so it’s important that we learn from the younger workers, welcome new ideas and new insights, and provide smarter technology that is as easy to use as consumer devices.”