A firm of architects is quizzing millions of office workers about their workplaces after launching a survey on how buildings can make staff and businesses work more efficiently.
Ryder Company is asking staff about their three greatest likes and dislikes in the office, and the reasons for their choices. Director Peter Ryder said: 'Premises costs are up to 15 per cent on any businesses. A small investment in a good environment could result in huge business benefits even with a small increase in productivity.'
Firms needed to look at their workplaces as assets to be optimised rather than a necessary evil and a dead cost, he said. Architects, however, knew very little about the implications of what they designed. 'We tend to finish and walk away.'
He added: 'There have been a few oddball responses: one person said the love of his workplace life was a fishtank. It is the quirky, human touches that really matter to people. We tend to push the great corporate space planning issues, but humanising the workplace is going to emerge more and more.'
Findings will be published in six months and responses can be sent to the Workplace Survey, Ryder Company, Northumbrian Way, Newcastle NE12 0R, or faxed on 0191 216 0921. An online response form can be found at www.ryders.com/survey