Next Year’s Office: What Employees Want 54

Next Year's Office: What Employees Want

This is a guest post by Seb Dean, the Content Manager at Advanced Commercial Interiors.

Thanks to the tech revolution spurred on by the likes of Facebook and Google, we’re seeing more and more employers move towards a workplace that’s staff-friendly and that helps them stay relaxed while they work.

UK-based office fit out specialists, Advanced Commercial Interiors, recently conducted a study that sought to shine light on what employees wanted to see in their office environment.

1. A bit of fun.

The number one thing that employees wanted was a pool table, with over 33% of respondents saying that having a pool table in their office was their most desired asset.

In a similar vein, a games console came in at #5 with 5% of the vote and a ping pong table came in at #6 with 4% of the vote.

 2. Refreshments.

The survey revealed that employees value being able to get refreshments without necessarily having to leave the office.

With 21% of the vote, a coffee machine came in tied at #2 in the list of things that employees wanted.

Unsurprisingly (and somewhat inappropriately), beer came in tied at #2 with 21% of the vote. Although this may be dismissed instantly by some managers as a completely inappropriate request, others will see the opportunity. We’re by no means saying that employees should be able to drink while they work, but having beer available so they can stay behind and have post-work drinks with colleagues? That sounds like a good way to solidify relationships if you ask us!

Good working relationships generally lead to happier staff and therefore enhanced collaboration and creativity among the workforce.

One of the more out of the ordinary requests came in at #7 in the survey, with 4% of the vote – an ice cream machine!

3. Health=wealth.

Coming in at #4 in the survey was an on-site gym.

We understand that this is probably out of reach for most employers due to the large costs involved with setting a gym up, not to mention the health and safety implications, but nevertheless, 10% of respondents said they’d love to see an on-site gym at their workplace.

It’s a well-known fact that endorphins are released during and after exercise and this can lead to spikes in productivity and the overall feeling of wellbeing that employees have. This may be worth considering before ruling out a gym as a waste of money!

Interestingly, the final request on our list was for a climbing wall (although only 1% of respondents voted for this). In reality, a climbing wall would take up a lot of room, but it could get you a feature amongst the Silicon Valley press!

So, what do we think next year’s office will look like?

It will depend largely on whether employers are engaging with employees and seeking feedback about what they want, but we’d expect employee wellbeing to be top of the list.

Employers are realising that it’s not all about money when it comes to careers. Employees are voting with their feet and choosing employers that genuinely care for them and want them to be happy when they come to work.

Employee wellbeing isn’t all about them having fun at work though, their health is also a priority and this was recognised in ACI’s post ‘office trends to watch out for in 2017’.

The number one trend that they highlighted after speaking to both employers and employees was an increased focus on providing health-conscious furniture including chairs, sit/stand desks and kneeling stools – giving employees the freedom to remain active during their working day.

Another aspect of next year’s office that was highlighted was the fact that we’re not all extroverts that flourish in open-plan office spaces.

Most workforces will be made up of a mixture between extroverts, introverts and people that fall somewhere in between.

A common request that ACI say they’ve been seeing is to break up office spaces to have quiet zones alongside open plan desking. This means that more introverted individuals can find a place to sit and quietly get on with their work, while extroverts can socialise whilst working.

Ultimately, there isn’t a one-size fits all approach to office design and one of the most important things is to listen to your employees.

Whether they want a pool table, or just a reliable coffee machine to speed up those tedious drinks runs, putting your employees first is a quick way to enhance productivity and keep hold of your most valuable staff.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.