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Poor office space could cost GCC businesses $70,000

: Monday, May 19 - 2014 @ 17:41

A badly designed office could cost large businesses as much as $70,000, and medium businesses $35,000 a year, reveals a YouGov study.

The survey, commissioned by workspace at INDEX and HNI, asked more than 800 senior managers across the GCC to pinpoint what contributed to accidents in the workplace. Cramped workspaces and old equipment were citied as the leading cause, with 38 per cent of medium-sized business and 35 per cent of large-sized business in agreement.

In close second, “old, poorly maintained or broken office furniture, equipment fixtures and storage” were cited as major causes for employee accidents by 34 per cent of medium-sized and 35 per cent of large sized businesses.

In addition, 76 per cent of respondents believe their companies should upgrade offices and furniture as they believe it would reduce the number of accidents and illnesses in the workplace.

Other notable results from the survey include: 26 per cent of senior managers are unhappy with the state of walkways and corridors, while 25 per cent cite that overloaded cupboards are a key area of concern.

This information indicates that a little investment into the overall design of the workspace could result in happier staff and a large sum of money saved at the end of the year.

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