The Workplace Survey 2003

October 2003
Management Services;Oct2003, Vol. 47 Issue 10, p8
Academic Journal
There is no doubt that change is one of the few certainties in business today. In order to assess the extent to which current work environments are meeting the needs of individuals and organisations, the Chartered Management Institute and MWB BusinessExchange, a leading supplier of outsourced accommodation services in Great Britain, undertook a collaborative research project in 2003 in order to: examine managers' experiences and attitudes in terms of their physical working environments; explore related issues around changing work patterns and the impact of new technology; and assess future scenarios in terms of workforce and workplace development. Sixty-five per cent of respondents work on average at least one extra unpaid hour per day and 45% report an increase in the number of hours work compared with three-years ago. Nearly a third of those managers surveyed spend more than an hour traveling to and from work each day. Forty-four per cent of managers have their own office within their workplace. Eleven per cent work at the premises of clients, and 5% currently work in a serviced office. Employers should regularly assess the workplace from a health and safety perspective. Sick building syndrome is a widely recognized problem in many of today's offices.


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