If you could change one thing about your office, what would it be? If you’re like the folks who took Staples’ recent “Improve Your Office” survey, it’s the furniture, not the boss. (We were amazed, too.) Here are some of the most surprising stats from the survey.
47 percent gave the boss an “A”
Despite what you hear around the water cooler, most folks seemed to be pretty happy with their boss. Nearly half gave their boss an “A” grade; 78 percent rated their manager an “A” or “B.”
52 percent want better office furniture
More than half of respondents said they’d like better office furniture. Office decor also got a losing grade from 51 percent of those polled. Both furniture and decor got a “C” or lower on the poll.
41 percent would improve office technology
No surprise here for most of us: More than a third of respondents want better technology in the office. Turns out, using cranky old computers and printers that eat ink like it’s a delicious four-course meal isn’t as much fun as you might think.
44 percent would ban office politics
The big problem with working in an office? There’s a lot that gets in the way of, you know, working in the office. Office politics got a big thumbs down from 44 percent of those polled.
41 percent want to telecommute
Everyone (or at least 41 percent of everyone) wants the option to work at home in their jammies, at least some of the time.
31 percent want privacy, flex time
Blame it on the decline of the cubicle: About a third of those polled want more private work areas in the office, and more flexible schedules in general.
Staples offered several suggestions for improving the office, including:
– Stocking the kitchen with coffee and snacks. (51 percent of respondents reported having to buy their own coffee and snacks. Some folks said they made up to five trips outside the office each day to stay hydrated, caffeinated, and fed.)
– Replace outdated equipment. (No more laptops that work better as hockey pucks!)
– Make small improvements to furnishing and decor. There are many relatively cheap improvements that make a big difference in the appearance of the office and the morale of the staff. Staples suggests replacing worn-out desk chairs or redecorating conference rooms.