A recent study by Mindspace, a provider of co-working spaces, has shown that the work environment is one of the most important elements a potential employee counts when considering a job offer. According to the study, 43.2 percent of Bucharest office employees rejected a potential employer because of its office’s uninspired design because of lack of facilities.

Moreover, the study shows that 47.8 percent of Bucharest employees have dropped out of work because of the unpleasant experience and disagreeable design in the office. More than half of Bucharest’s employees (55.2 percent) consider that their work environment provides only the basic aspects needed to carry out their work, which means that employers only provide the minimum workload required and nothing more to support needs and performance.

The study also showed that almost 28 percent of the respondents reported that their offices are best described minimum investment and planning surface, which gives the impression that the employers do not care about comfort, satisfaction and staff productivity.

More than 30 percent of employees say that the greatest potential for improving collaboration has space for informal discussion and relaxation, as well as work in brainstorming rooms with a more creative design.

Asked what would be the most desirable features of desktop optimization experience, the first two options put forward were: creative places to relax (31.2 percent of respondents) and silent rooms (22.4 percent of respondents). The desired improvements mentioned were: better lighting (33.8 percent of respondents), colorful rooms, decorated or graphic design elements (almost 30% of respondents) and more green space (40% of respondents).

At the macro level, these concerns indicate that employees working in Romanian offices feel the need for more spaces dedicated to collaborative work and rooms to provide more inspiration. The need for more color, plus the need for more green space, suggests that the local market needs to come up with a more dynamic solution.

”It’s interesting to note that many of Bucharest’s employees choose their workplace according to what their workspace looks like, and based on the feelings of the office. This is the main reason for employers to place more emphasis on the aesthetics of the office and on maintaining a space that promotes collaborative work instead of focusing only on practical issues. This could be the safest way to attract and, most importantly, keep the most talented people going through the threshold, ”said Dan Zakai, CEO and co-founder of Mindspace.

Mindspace, the world’s leading provider of co-working solutions, opens in Bucharest three spaces designed to inspire teams and help them grow. Founded in 2014 by Dan Zakai and Yotam Alroy, Mindspace operates 28 workspaces in Europe in cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Warsaw and London.

The study was conducted by OnePoll at the request of Mindspace. It took place between 28 August and 28 September 2018 and analyzed the responses of 500 respondents, of which 70.8 percent aged between 25 and 44 years, all employed in Bucharest.

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