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Negativity epidemic identified in european offices

Warsaw, 07.03.2017
European businesses are in the grip of a negativity epidemic, as research from Sharp reveals that over two thirds (64%) of office workers feel negatively about their workplace, with outdated ways of working causing low morale and low motivation across the continent.

The survey of 6,000 office workers across Europe revealed that people were the most likely to describe their working environment as uninspiring (28%); with some also choosing to describe it as “grim”, “oppressive” and “toxic”. A third of workers said their office was quiet and 15% said it was boring. Only 19% would describe their environment as motivating. 

Asked why they described their office in this way, a quarter blamed outdated and frustrating ways of working (28%), while a third said that too long is spent on boring admin tasks (31%) and 20% that everyone communicates over email, instead of talking.

Technology in the workplace was also identified as a major pain point, with nearly half (44%) of respondents saying it is restrictive and limiting. The average European worker was found to get frustrated at their office tech three times a day – driving 26% to pretend something was broken so they could avoid using it, and 39% to use their personal devices instead.

Millennial workers (defined as those born after 1982), who have no experience of working life without Google, were more likely than the other age groups to say that they would be more motivated if their office had up to date technology (39%). Half of these workers sometimes avoid the technology in their office because it is too complicated and half instead turn to their personal devices.

- Making sure everyone feels motivated is important for creating a happy workplace, where people want to and can do their best work. Technology only improves motivation if it’s helpful and easy to use; otherwise it becomes a de-motivator, either not being used, or worse, causing frustration. Look at the tools you use, the tools you need and make those improvements that help people enjoy coming to work. – said Szymon Trela, Product Manager, Sharp Electronics CEE. – Within the next 10 years, Millennials will make up the majority of our workforce, so it’s important that we learn from the younger workers, welcome new ideas and new insights, and provide smarter technology that is as easy to use as consumer devices.- he added.

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Notes to editors

  • Research was conducted with 6,045 office workers in nine EU countries (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary), including 1,006 office workers in the UK


PR Manager CEE