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Workplace buzz is key consideration for job-seekers

A workplace with an energetic atmosphere is a major consideration when employees are looking for a new job, according to new research.

The Buzz Barometer, a gauge of UK office atmosphere published by workplace consultancy, Morgan Lovell, found that for more than three-quarters of respondents (79 per cent), working in a 'buzzy' office is a key factor when choosing an employer. Respondents said laughter (50 per cent) and conversation (42 per cent) are the key drivers of this intangible quality.

Three quarters (78 per cent) of employees say they would be significantly more productive if their workplace had more buzz and nearly all workers (94 per cent) say that a great atmosphere boosts productivity. Yet while more than four-fifths (87 per cent) claim that this is what sets rapidly growing, successful businesses apart from sluggish competition, only a third of staff (33 per cent) believe their leadership team is concerned by dull offices.

Corporates are failing to match small company buzz, with four-fifths (81 per cent) saying SMEs offer a better working atmosphere than large companies.

The study found bosses were rated as the top buzz-killers and almost three quarters (72 per cent) of employees say business leaders need to do more to reinvigorate their office culture.

The research underlines the value of energised leadership when it comes to maintaining a properly engaged and motivated workforce. Although the good morale and enthusiasm typical of engaged employees can't be forced from above, it's important that leaders create the kind of environment where free-flowing communication and exchange of ideas is second nature.

Dull, enervated offices may not be conducive to this, but a friendly, supportive atmosphere in which staff have the sense they are valued and working towards the same goal most likely would be.

Acas can help your organisation improve its employee engagement, by providing free and independent advice, including in the pdf  Advisory booklet - The People Factor [937kb]. Acas also runs practical training courses on strengthening employee engagement, listed under Staff retention, as well as others to help your managers get the best from their staff, such as Skills for supervisors.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions page for more information.

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