Creating a collaborative and friendly atmosphere in the workplace could be key to tapping into increased levels of creativity and productivity, new survey results suggest. Carried out by Wildgoose, the events company was eager to find out what motivates members of staff and how to encourage increased work rate. The company quizzed employees at 120 businesses across the UK with interesting results.
The survey revealed that more than six in ten workers value happiness over salary, indicating that the office environment plays a role in not only attracting talent but retaining the best employees too. Even those motivated by salary valued workplace relationships saying that a setting that allows friendships to flourish could provide invaluable benefits for businesses. Some 57% of respondents said having a best friend in the office made their time at work more enjoyable, while almost a third stated they were more productive. And over one in five said it boosted their creativity.
Mandy Chase, PA to the Board and Office Manager at Wildgoose, said:
“The results of the Friends in the Workplace survey highlight just how important the office mood is in daily operations. It also indicates that some managers could be missing a trick. The benefits of creating an environment where colleagues are friends far outweighs the effort involved. 11% of those surveyed stated they currently don’t have a best friend at work, but would like one. Managers who work to help foster these friendships, stand to benefit as their employees are likely to be more productive and creative as a result.”
The survey also highlighted the differences in attitudes across various groups and demographics. Women were far more likely to prioritise happiness, with eight in ten placing it above salary, compared to just 55% of males. The job level of an employee also played a significant role. For 85% of managers, salary was deemed more important, while 70% of entry-level, interns, and executives chose happiness. The findings give businesses a better idea of what motivates their employees at differing levels of the hierarchical structure, thus, where to focus their team building efforts in order to have the biggest impact. Alongside this, the research has highlighted that by understanding what motivates employees could massively help to boost employee engagement and retain staff.
Wildgoose are leaders in the events industry, delivering a wide range of corporate team building and social team events across the globe. Combining the traditional team building exercises with technology, the innovative brand creates engaging and interactive challenges that are played on tablets or smartphones. With fully customisable content, Wildgoose is the perfect way to reinforce company values and foster a team atmosphere. Since launching in 2011, over 750 companies across 23 countries have benefitted from Wildgoose’s creative approach to inspiring workforces.
Further points of interest:
- 82% of over 45’s chose workplace happiness over salary
- 30% of 26-34-year olds come to work to do work first, and worry about team relationships second. This is the highest percentage of any age demographic
- After work drinks voted the best way of improving worker relationships in the office (37%)
To find out more about the survey, visit: https://wearewildgoose.com/team-events/friends-in-the-workplace-survey-2017/