Bosses who want more productive employees should sit as many of them as possible facing a window to the outside world, according to the latest research.
Working in an office where you face a wall or are stuck in a cubicle means employees are less productive than their counterparts who have a desk with a view according to research from Web-Blinds.com. More than two thirds of the 1,294 business owners polled said their workers who faced a window were more hardworking and productive than their counterparts who faced a wall, door or other desks.
Kirsty Martin, spokesperson for Web-Blinds.com, said: “Ensuring all staff members feel motivated and happy within their job is a crucial element for all employers not wanting a high staff turnover. All too often, individuals may feel they have no other choice than to leave a position if they do not feel part of a positive work environment.
“I can completely understand why those who have a view of the outside from their desks get more done. Sometimes spending eight hours a day, five days a week in the same space can be suffocating and restricting; being able to see outside and benefitting from natural light could give employees the focus to work harder and smarter.”
Even the employees that have a desk with a view of the outside world agree they are more productive than their shut-in colleagues, with 69% saying they believed they were more hardworking as a result of the position of their desk. Yet just under half of those surveyed said they had a desk opposite a window, and nearly two thirds of these workers said they would be happier in their office environment if they did have a desk with a view.