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A pleasant working environment is an investment that returns to companies. This is shown by the results of the JLL research project – Future of Work

Company: JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle)

At an event on 23rd August 2017, the international real estate advisory company JLL presented the results of its long-term work environment study Workplace: Powered by Human Experience as part of a global research on the Future of Work. In the beautiful premises of Corso Court in Karlín, we have learned from speakers from both JLL and Skanska how satisfied the global workforce is and how individual employers can increase their well-being standards during the digital revolution.

The results of the survey have shown that the productivity and in turn the profit of the whole company is affected by the satisfaction of its employees. “The idea of the working environment is not the same anymore. Making money is no longer the only benefit that potential employees want to achieve. Therefore, we need to adapt to demographic challenges and changes in society and transform the working environment to make people come to the office and love their time at work," said Kevin Turpin, Head of Research and Consulting CEE.

What is a pleasant working environment and how to create it?

The number of people of working age has declined in developed countries and the Czech Republic is no exception. It is expected that by 2030, the group of workers aged 25-35 will decrease by upto half a million. It will therefore be harder for companies to retain and attract their talent. Media and technology have become an integral part of everyday life, making it easier to work remotely or from home. Whilst companies want to provide flexibility to their employees, many companies also want to create a working environment where employees want to return to the physical office space, to communicate and collaborate with each other.

JLL´s Future of Work programme is formed by the following five dimensions:

Human Experience - Enhance user experience through engagement, empowerment and fulfillment.
Financial Performance - Manage spending to enable growth and enhance return on investment (ROI).
Operational Excellence - Optimize enterprise resources and service delivery to increase productivity, mitigate risks and ensure high performance.
Continuous Innovation - Combine new thinking, solutions and processes to drive value creation and accelerate transformation. 
Digital Drive - Harness digitization and rich data to enhance people and enterprise performance.

Work stations are still useful, however employees want more communication and personal space

Health, overall satisfaction, concentration, creativity, collaboration, communication and interaction with colleagues, support for ideas and talent. These are examples of other factors that greatly affect productivity and the working environment. 

The results of the global employee survey, involving 7436 respondents, also show:
- Over 50 % of respondents work outside their office in other companies or at home, 45 % in other company premises and around 35 % in Internet cafés or on public transport
- Only half of the respondents globally say that the workspace provided by their company allows them to work completely effectively
- Two-thirds of employees spend time at their work desk, and 12 % of them in the meeting rooms or workspaces of colleagues. Only 6 % of respondents use informal spaces such as a café, terrace or garden and another 7 % in individual working space
- 74 %of respondents to an earlier survey by JLL are saying that thinking, talking and brainstorming create the most value for an organization, while only 24 % spend most of their time on these high-value activities
- Innovative premises such as incubators or external workspaces are considered by most respondents as productivity boosters
- Spaces for health and wellbeing are reported to have the highest potential impact on productivity
You can find more information about the research on this website: humanexperience.jll
Employees of Czech based companies can still also get involved in the Employee Well-being and Workplace Survey 2017. You can find the survey on this link surveymonkey.com (ENG) or here surveymonkey.com (CZ).

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