Healthy Workplaces are a Top Priority for London Workers

12 November 2015

When asked about their motivations to finding a new job, nearly half of all Londoners (49%) said they would be attracted to a new employer by high quality offices or a working environment focused on health and wellbeing.

Meanwhile, over a third (35%) of workers in London said their main place of work makes them feel unhealthy, which means their health could be suffering because of their working conditions, according to a new survey of over 1,000 Londoners.

The research, carried out by YouGov and leading international property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, also found that only two fifths (40%) of workers feel they get enough fresh air and just half (52%) feel there is enough access to natural light at work.

With more hours now spent at work than at home, the study – commissioned to further inform Lendlease and LCR’s work in delivering London’s fourth business district, The International Quarter in Stratford – highlights the growing importance of health and wellbeing in the minds of London’s workforce.

In a sign that is perhaps more indicative of worker’s growing tiredness of the daily commute, two fifths (45%) of employees also said they would be attracted by a potential new employer if they were able to walk to work.

A recent study by the World Green Building Council found that poor mental health specifically costs UK employers £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.
Kevin Chapman, Head of Offices at Lendlease, commented:

“Whether it’s the impact of hours spent at desks or access to sufficient natural light throughout the day, today’s workers recognise the negative effect that their workplace can have on their wellbeing.

“We’re listening to London’s employees who have shaped our plans for The International Quarter, London’s fourth business district. Given the capital’s increasingly fierce and competitive labour market, it’s vital that employers consider the importance employees place on health and wellbeing and take steps to improve their workplaces - or risk losing top talent to rivals that do.”