International real estate consultant CBRE conducted the first study on the importance of working environment for the workforce, their needs, and the quality of office spaces, identifying the relevant criteria in shaping perceptions. The research was conducted over a period of nine months and included 500 employees working in offices in Bucharest.
The participants were divided into four age categories: generation Z (18-24 years), generation Y (25-34 years), generation X (35-49 years) and seniors or baby-boomers (50-64 years). The share of respondents in each category is as follows: 9 percent are new employees (generation Z), 35 percent belong to the Y generation, 49 percent to the X generation and 7 percent to the seniors.
The results show that most of the study participants (55 percent) spend between 30 and 60 minutes to get home from the office, and those who spend less than 30 minutes are more satisfied with their workplace. The highest degree of satisfaction with the office location (76 percent) is related to easy access to public transport. The most important aspects of interior design are ergonomic furniture (82 percent), appropriate dining spaces (78 percent) and the existence of individual offices (72 percent).
”Working conditions have a major impact on the well-being of the employee and, implicitly, on his productivity. Improving wellness standards is a global trend that has become increasingly strong on the local market in recent years. We have been concerned about the quality of the work environment for a long time and fortunately we have noticed that most developers and big companies in Romania have understood the importance of delivering projects that best meet the expectations and needs of the employee. But in order to be able to offer the best product, you need to know exactly what the user wants. This is the most important goal of this study CBRE has been working on for about a year and which has been dedicated to our research team with our most experienced consultants,” said Mihai Păduroiu, head of Advisory & Transaction Services | Investor Leasing of CBRE Romania.
The 500 study participants work in offices located in different areas of Bucharest, as follows:
- 26 percent in the western area,
- 22 percent in the northern area,
- 22 percent in the central area,
- 14 percent in Pipera,
- 11 percent in the CBD Piata Victoriei area, Charles de Gaulle Square,
- 5 percent in the eastern area,
- 3 percent in the south of the capital.
In terms of field of activity, 23 percent of study participants work in IT, 20 percent in outsourcing companies, 11 percent in financial and insurance, 9 percent in retail, and the remaining 27 percent between the business sector, the public sector and the industrial and energy sectors. It can be noted that most of the participants (43 percent) work in IT and outsourced services, with Romania still having increased potential to attract new investments from players on these niche markets.
Personal life and, implicitly, a balance between time spent working and leisure time activities are of varying importance, depending on the generation to which the respondent belongs. Thus, the Z generation considers time for personal life a very important criterion in choosing a job – 68 percent, followed by Y generation with 47 percent, generation X with 51 percent and baby-boomers with 35 percent.
The important factors influencing the employee’s leisure time depending on the working conditions and the location of the office are: the distance from their home and the degree of accessibility by car or public transport, the inclusion of retail space in the office project, the possibility to go to a gym or a bicycle to work, the existence of showers, locker rooms and relaxation and meditation spaces, etc.