According to a UK survey for Savills by YouGov, factory and warehouse employees are less concerned with their immediate workplace comfort compared to other sectors, rather their primary concern is lighting and car parking.
‘What Workers Want’ reports on the views of 4,570 employees in offices, shops and warehouses and what they rate in terms of building features and employer policies. It reveals that for factory and warehouse workers, lighting is the most highly rated building feature (over 80 per cent of those surveyed thought that lighting was important to very important) and reflects the nature of activities that take place.
The report also reveals that 78 per cent of respondents travel to work by car and it is this that is behind the importance placed on car parking. On the whole, workers would appear to be more accepting of the out-of-town locations of their work places and indeed the lack of nearby amenities, although they do rate proximity as key. Respondents noted proximity to home as what they liked most about their current workplace. This seems to be already defining employer choice as warehouse/factory workers have the shortest commute, averaging 21 minutes. The out-of-town location normally associated with this sector means that employees tend to be more demanding in terms of on-site facilities compared to those in other sectors; canteens, for example, were rated by 46 per cent of employees as important to very important, higher than reported by office workers.
Marie Hickey, associate director of Savills research, comments: ‘Companies are becoming more concerned with staff retention in this sector and while the building may not be a primary concern for workers due to relatively low aspirations, providing better buildings may be an easier and cheaper solution, other than raising salaries, to the challenge of attracting and retaining staff. For example, due to occupier demands some landlords are already addressing the issue of lighting on existing and future developments.’