This is a result of research conducted by the recruitment agency, Monster Polska. It turns out that work atmosphere is the key factor in the decision-making process among job seekers. 94.3% of the respondents chose work atmosphere from available answers. Flexible working hours ranked second with 85.9% of the votes, followed by professional development opportunities (84.5%) and the possibility of further education and knowledge exchange (83.7%). Work atmosphere is more important than, for example, salary.
But what influences work atmosphere the most? It turns out that it’s not only our colleagues’ attitude but even more so offices themselves. The word “wellness,” up to now associated mainly with spas and wellness centers, is now used more commonly with reference to workplaces. Our offices must be comfortable, convenient, and give us a feeling of freedom. Nowadays, it is not enough to choose a soft wall color and establish an ergonomic workplace set-up.
Many employees have already started to notice this trend. Caring for the well-being of employees has gained a new, surprising meaning. Wellness in offices means grass instead of paneling, olive trees instead of walls and even beaches instead of floor tiling. Employees working in modern offices may relax on comfortable poufs and sofas, read the latest books from the office library, rest on a hammock or get a soothing massage. In a modern office there are no stairs; instead, there are elevators and slides. All this is supposed to make employees feel as good as possible in their workplace and almost as comfortable as at home. Besides, experts expect that in a dozen years or so, the boundary between professional life and private life will disappear entirely. At work, we will feel at home. Even now, some companies have their own restaurants. There are gyms and fitness clubs in office buildings and employees can use them without limits. These solutions are supposed to promote well-being, on the one hand, and improve employees’ physical health, on the other.
One of the most important changes is that many employers set up company nurseries and pre-schools. This is one of the key steps to encouraging women to return to work faster after giving birth, and one of the most important solutions influencing women’s work atmosphere.
The market now uses the term “happy revolution” more and more often. Employers must meet the growing needs of their employees. This way, can they make sure that their personnel is fully productive. However, work atmosphere needs to be developed in line with the employees’ needs. Computer programmers have different needs than logisticians, who, in turn, have different needs than marketing specialists. Spaces should trigger creativity and motivate but at the same time be relaxing and soothing. Therefore, experts predict that in the coming years, offices will create more and more relaxation zones and employers will compete to find new ways to best meet their employees’ needs.
However, it must be noted that relaxation zones are not the only developments that will play a key role in offices. What is also going to be significant is the idea of activity-based working. According to that principle, the workspace is not divided into individual workstations but into zones designed for performing certain tasks. Flexible offices, that do not blindly follow designs or current trends, are the future. In such places, it is the employee who has the deciding voice. It is up to him or her to decide how the working station is arranged and whether to sit in a smaller room or work in an open space. The goal of activity-based working is to create a workplace where every employee can find their own perfect space for performing the task at hand and shape that space.
An employee who is pleased with their workplace will feel comfortable, which in turn will translate into improved performance. Moreover, a happy employee doesn’t only mean better results but also a better work atmosphere in general which brings the whole team closer together. There is a reason that companies in other countries employ so-called good mood managers who are supposed to collect information from employees on their working conditions and gather ideas about how the employer could make their work even more comfortable. The labor market has changed, and this change is best reflected in the design of new workplaces. Even today, designer offices and innovative solutions are essential to attracting new employees and keeping current ones.