Office_white.1A survey of 1,014 UK workers carried out by etailer Furniture123, has revealed that more than half (53%) of job hunters would turn down a role if they did not like the company’s office or working environment.

When surveyed on the factors that would influence the decision to take a job, 1 in 2 respondents cite the location of the office as key.

Outdated décor would put off 41% of workers, while a lack of natural light would deter 38%.

Almost 1 in 3 (32%) say they would be influenced in their decision to take a job by broken or old furniture, and the same proportion said a dirty or unhygienic workplace is a deal-breaker.

The average UK worker spends 8,060 hours a year at work, so it’s understandable that the environment can be a deal maker or breaker for many.

Mark Kelly at Furniture123 says that companies need to pay attention to much more than salaries and benefits, when trying to attract top talent. “Employers looking to attract the most talented staff in their field should keep this in mind when inviting candidates to interview.

“It’s not so easy to change the location of the office, however they can ensure that there are onsite catering facilities and breakout areas for lunch, and even arrange car pools or an employee bus service that connects to local transport links.

“Also ensuring the space is always kept clean and tidy, furniture is in good condition and the décor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start.”

The top 5 workspace deal-breakers for job hunters:

  • Location (e.g. close to transport links, places to eat, amenities etc.) – 50%
  • Outdated décor – 41%
  • Lack of natural light – 38%
  • Broken or old furniture – 32%
  • Dirty and unhygienic workspace – 32%