Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have chosen not to return to the office, but could a more appealing workspace tempt people back in?  

According to a recent study, more than half of UK workers (55%) said they would be more inclined to head into the office if the design and workplace facilities were more to their taste.

Just fifteen percent said that the décor and general facilities on offer would not be enough to entice them to go into the office more, whilst a third would still prefer a flexible or hybrid approach to working life.

After polling 2,000 UK-based hybrid workers, online printing specialists, instantprint                have discovered the facilities and design aspects that are the most desired in a workplace, as well as those that Brits would be happy to do without.


Topping the list of design features for the nation’s workforce were sofas or a comfortable seating area (35%).

Real plants trumped faux plants with more than a quarter (27%) of the votes, compared to artificial grass and fake flower walls which were both favoured by less than ten percent of respondents (7%).

Additionally, woody and nature-inspired elements, and natural décor choices (12%) proved to be the most favoured.

Self-care design elements were also found to be high on the list of priorities of UK adults as both a quiet area for reading (18%) and a cosy area to take a nap (16%) proved to be covetable workplace features.

In fact, unnatural or artificial elements are generally pretty unpopular in offices.

A lack of natural light is a deal-breaker for Brits, with nearly all respondents (98%) saying they wouldn’t want to work in an office with a lack of windows or natural light.

Similarly, harsh design styles such as ‘industrial’ (3%), or the moody décor trend, ‘dark academia’ (3%) were also unpopular.


When it came to workplace facilities, more than a third (34%) voted free fruit as this their most desired choice at work.

In fact, seven of the top ten most desirable facilities in a working office related to food and drink, with coffee machines (33%), free biscuits or snacks (31%), a fridge (31%), a kettle (29%), a water cooler (28%), and a microwave (26%) all high on the list of dream workplace facilities.

Facilities related to exercise were much lower on the list of desirables though, with exercise bike desks (17%), under-desk treadmills (15%) and an onsite gym (13%) all securing less than a fifth of the votes, respectively.

With more than 10.2 million dog owners (34% of UK households own a dog) in the UK in 2022, according to research, it goes without saying that Brits are a nation of dog lovers.

Perhaps it is also no surprise then that one in five (21%) said a dog-friendly office was high on their list of priorities.

In comparison, the opportunity to have onsite child-minding services was not found to be an appealing benefit of working in an office, according to 95 percent of those surveyed.

This was the case for more than double the number of women (7%) than it was for men (3%) and was found to be most important for those aged between 25 – 34 (14%).

Despite an ever-growing focus on being kinder to the environment, a paperless office (i.e., an office with no printer) was not deemed a desirable office feature with 96 percent of Brits not selecting this as a top feature. That said, recycling features were important for one in six (15%) employees.

Article courtesy of HR Strategy News