80% of Brits worry about the impact work has on their health

  • Emma Finamore
  • 30 Nov 2018

They want more support from management in the workplace, from mental health to art in the office.

Half of people (50%) think every office should have art, it makes them happier and less stressed.

International office suppliers Viking have compiled results from nine surveys conducted across the last three years to reveal what UK workers need to perform at their best.

The surveys consulted almost 14,000 people about their workplaces, what keeps them engaged and what they struggle with. Topics from mental health support to art in the office were covered to reveal what needs improving.

 Viking has used the data to produce a guide for employers, highlighting the most significant needs and wants of what today’s employees. The top 10 demands uncovered, ranked by how many people want them, are:

Employees need more information about Display Screen Equipment Safety

  • 58% of British workers are sat for over five hours a day at work
  • 8 in 10 (82%) worry about the impact this will have on their health 

Workers need more support on mental health:

  • 6 in 10 (60%) workers have negative thoughts about their job more than once a week
  • Almost half of employees (48%) work over their contracted hours at least once a week
  • 43% say they feel unpleasant pressure to succeed at least once a week

Half of people (51%) want to work a four-day week, working longer hours Monday to Thursday.

Managers need mental health training:

  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of managers have never had useful mental health training
  • The same amount has been approached with a mental health problem

Employees want to work remotely:

  • 6 in 10 people (60%) want to work from home for some of their working week

Lunch breaks need to be protected:

  • Almost two-thirds (65%) work through their lunch break at least once a week 

Half of people (51%) want to work a four-day week, working longer hours Monday to Thursday

 Offices need more art:

  • Half of people (50%) think every office should have art
  • 53% think it makes them happier and less stressed

Workers need more information about social media policies:

  • 51% didn’t even know if their workplace had one 

Annoying office habits should be curbed:

  • Colleagues being late, complaining all the time and eating smelly foods are amongst the things that made 4 in 10 people (41%) think about leaving their job 

Employers should not ban social media:

  • 29% say it would make them less productive 

Andy Jones, SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist at Viking, said about the research“Employers need to be aware of what their workers want if they plan on recruiting and retaining the best staff.

“Our research highlights things to improve and implement to achieve this goal. Employees need to feel supported and heard in their organisations and responding to this information will help employers do this.”


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