Employers urged to give staff the tools they need for the job

A third (36%) of UK employees who work from home say they are more productive in the office, with 42% saying it’s because they have better equipment at work.

A similar proportion, 29%, say they feel more productive when working in the new ‘hybrid’ working environment.

Whether working from home or the office, however, nine in ten employees (89%) rate satisfaction in their workspace as important, with a third (32%) saying they are up to 50% more productive when they are satisfied with their workspace.

Conducted by leading office solution supplier, Fellowes Brands, the survey of 1,000 UK employees uncovers the attitudes of British employees towards workspace satisfaction and productivity. Among the findings, here’s what they had to say:

  • 81% say having a good ergonomic environment, including a suitable desk, chair, and monitor at eye level is important to their productivity.
  • 79% say having access to the equipment they need, such as an extra monitor to view large documents, is important to their productivity.
  • 80% say it is important to their productivity thattheir employer invests in ergonomics.
  • Some 43% find well-ventilated and filtered air satisfying in their workspace
  • 77% say it is important for an employer to invest in clean, healthy air (e.g., using air purifiers) to facilitate productivity in their workspace.
  • 33% say they find breathing cleaner, healthier air satisfying at work.
  • 74% say it is important that an employer invests in equipment to shred sensitive documents.
  • 81% say having a clean, healthy workspace is important to their productivity.
  • 77% say it is important that an employer invests in effective storage and organisation solutions they need to be productive at the office.
  • 73% say it is important that an employer invests in equipment to produce high quality presentations and documents, including laminators and binders, they need to be productive at the office.

The survey results reveal the Four Core Elements of Workspace Satisfactionas:

  1. Clean Environment
  2. Healthy Workspace
  3. Secure Environment
  4. Tidiness & Organisation

Productivity expert Martin Geiger, who has authored Fellowes Brands’ whitepaper on the results of the survey, supports the findings through his own work, commenting:

“The future of work is hybrid. No longer is working solely relegated to the company office; the modern workspace now involves employees splitting a portion of their time working from within the corporate office, and a portion working from the home office.

“Throughout my career working with some of the world’s biggest companies, one thing I’ve come to notice is that the most productive people all seem to have one commonality: satisfaction. To successfully transition to this exciting hybrid working future, employers must implement practical strategies that allow their employees to be satisfied with the setup within the corporate office, as well as within their home working environment.

“Employees who are well equipped and thus satisfied with their working conditions in both locations will lead to outcomes of higher productivity.”

Fellowes Brands offers solutions designed to aid employers in optimising their hybrid strategy, while satisfying employees in their hybrid workspaces.

Fellowes Brands UK Marketing Manager, Jeremy Cooper, comments:

“The modern workspace is rapidly evolving, and with that comes a change in the tools that employees need to be successful and productive in their work. As employers begin to design new hybrid ways of working, ensuring that employers outfit their employees for both corporate and home office working will be key.

“Employers must ensure that their employees’ workstations are optimised for each of the Four Core Elements of Workspace Satisfaction. Doing so will keep employees safe, satisfied, and productive. At Fellowes Brands, we understand that hybrid working is the future and have built our hybrid workspace tools to meet the demands of this future, ensuring productivity for the long-term.”

The full survey results and their analysis can be found in Fellowes Brands’ new whitepaper, entitled ‘The Importance of Workspace Satisfaction’, authored by productivity expert, Martin Geiger, which can be downloaded at

Fellowes Brands ergonomics, monitor arms, shredders, binders, laminators, and bankers boxes, and more, can be found by visiting

About Fellowes Brands

A family-owned business that was founded in 1917, Fellowes Brands operates from 18 locations across the world.

At Fellowes, our mission is to help people to be the best they can be, by helping office workers everywhere become more productive, more efficient, happier, and healthier. That’s why we make office products like business machines, storage products, and workspace well-being solutions. Products by our family-owned business have been in your workspace and your home for over 100 years. They’re designed to meet — and exceed — the needs of an ever-changing world. So, whether you’re in a big corporate office or a cozy home office, we’ll help you to be at your best. Because if you work better, you feel better. Learn more by visiting:

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