Thursday, January 31, 2008

When It Comes to How They Feel About Their Offices, Workers Blow Hot and Cold

Workplace environments need to change ...

"Blumberg Capital Partners, the U.S. investment firm and commercial real estate investment manager, today released results of a national survey to gauge the impact of office building conditions on worker attitudes, productivity and motivation. The poll was conducted in December. Some of the top-line results:

-- One in three workers surveyed said they have either accepted or left a
job due to "the condition of the building and/or the amenities
offered."
-- Nearly half said their office buildings and office environments are
either "bland" (36%), "dumpy" (7%) or "stodgy" (4%).
-- The most-frequent complaint (47%): extreme office temperatures due to
poor heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems.
-- About a quarter of the respondents said the cleanliness of their
buildings is either "marginal" or "appalling."
-- One in three workers said they're concerned about getting sick or
injured from unhealthy or unsafe building conditions.
-- Fully 80% of workers said the overall condition of their office
buildings affects how they perceive their employers.
-- The vast majority (69%) confirmed that the condition of their office
buildings affects their own individual productivity and motivation.

"We're entering a new era in commercial real estate, where premium services and amenities and employee-friendly facilities will differentiate office buildings and employers," said Philip Blumberg, chairman and CEO of Blumberg Capital Partners. "The survey results illustrate just how much of an impact office environments and ergonomics have on attitudes and overall employee productivity. The results also offer a unique glimpse into the current state of U.S. office buildings and the mindset of today's office worker."

Given the increasing value placed on office amenities, Blumberg Office Properties, the real estate investment arm of Blumberg Capital Partners, recently hired a luxury hotel executive to spearhead the rollout of five-star, premium services to its properties. The program encompasses on-site concierge support, event tickets, health clubs, conference facilities, advanced technology and energy-efficient utilities."    (Continued via Yahoo! Finance)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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