Britain's ideal workplace would be run by Richard Branson,
include a gym and a roof terrace, and ban pointless meetings, a new
survey from QHotels suggests.
The award-winning four-star hotel chain commissioned a YouGov
survey to look into people's attitudes towards their workplace,
including what their biggest annoyances are, as well as the
features they would love. QHotels, which topped the Which? survey
of best UK Hotel Chains was keen to get an insight into office
workers' mindsets in an effort to further enhance its services.
Pointless meetings topped the list of work annoyances (52%),
followed by control of the office temperature/air conditioning
(29%) and loud, personal conversations (26%). Music being played
out loud (16%), co-workers invading a personal workspace (20%) and
sending emails to the whole company (24%) also came high on the
list. Just 11% of workers said they had no biggest workplace
When respondents were asked what would feature in their ideal
workplace, gyms were the most popular choice (44%), closely
followed by a roof terrace (33%), a massage room (27%) and a games
room (26%). For younger workers, a gym was most desired - 56% of 18
to 24-year-olds chose this option.
When asked to choose from a list of who their ideal boss would
be, Virgin's Richard Branson was the boss people would most like to
work for, coming away with over a quarter of the votes (28%).
When asked about workplace satisfaction, it appears that the
majority are either 'very satisfied' or 'fairly satisfied' (54%)
with their work environment. Just 5% said they were 'very
Claire Rowland, Director of Marketing at QHotels, said: "It's
understandable that when people work several hours each day
together annoying habits can start to grate. Leaving the normal
office environment, even for just a few hours, can go a long way to
improving relationships between co-workers and increasing
"Whilst we can't confirm that Richard Branson will be
on-site, we have roof terraces, gyms and massage rooms covered at
many of our 21 four-star hotels! These superb facilities are a
great option for those who are looking for time out from day-to-day
"QHotels was accredited with top honours at the
VenueVerdict Brand Awards, including the Gold Standard Group Award
and the number one Large Group Award, so our customers can be
assured we have everything they need to bring the best out in their
staff if they do decide to take time out of the office."
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