Employees value location over salary

Employees value location over salary

What is the top priority for today's employees? Salary? Holiday time? Development opportunities?

No, it's location, location, location, according to a new study released by the British Council for Offices in collaboration with estate agents Savills.

Their poll revealed that 73 per cent of 18-34-year-olds care about where they will be based more than other job-related factors and 64 per cent of older workers agree.

The study therefore highlights the fact that money, holiday time and development are not the only considerations of employees – in order to boost wellbeing and happiness therefore, company bosses must think harder about ways in which to retain staff.

A convenient location and comfortable office environment are what really counts among most and thanks to mobile tools, it is easier than ever to make this a reality. 

By allowing staff to work from wherever they feel comfortable, moral and productivity will be boosted. In turn, businesses can cut the overheads associated with office rental and empty desks to spend finances in a more effective manner.

What's more, with recent technological advances, it's easy for companies to operate entirely through cloud computing, allowing staff members to gain access to shared networks from wherever they are and whenever they want.

In addition to cloud software, firms may want to use free conference calls to complement the benefits of flexible working.

By using this technology, organisations can hold meetings over the phone with little or no notice, while it is also environmentally-friendly because it cuts down on the amount of travelling that staff members have to do.

If companies are going to offer flexible working – which is becoming increasingly popular in the digital age – then conference calling can make it easy to stay in touch with staff who are working from home, even if this is in a different country.

Richard Kauntze, chief executive at the British Council for Offices, said: “It is becoming increasingly apparent that the needs of office workers, after years of uniformity, are ever more diverse.”

"The advent of new technology and more innovative approaches to workplace design along with the growing age range of office workers are likely to accelerate this trend," he added.