Over the past few years, employers have turned their attention to making workspaces more aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically friendly in a way that appeals to a diverse workforce – with a view to boost productivity. Some of the trendiest and largest employers in the market are kitted out with breakout rooms, quiet zones, mood lighting, meeting pods and bars, which are stocked up for a midday tipple, to keep employees engaged and to promote a positive employee experience.
In this week’s episode of HR on the Grapevine, we unpick the issue of office noise and design and the impact that this has on both productivity and employee experience. Sophie Parrott, Online Editor at HR Grapevine, sits down with Dan Cave, Head of Content at Executive Grapevine Digital Media, to discuss the impact of office design on productivity and whether eating at desks – a term informally known as ‘al desko’ – really is tainting productivity or just helping employees make it through the day.
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