What Workers Want: Europe 2019

Savills What Workers Want survey investigates the wants and needs from the workplace of over 11,000 European office workers, covering 11 of Savills European office markets - France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Employees are a company’s most valuable asset and employers need to strongly consider their employees’ preference for working in urban areas.

The survey investigates what workers consider important,what they are dissatisfied with, and thus, what landlords and tenants need to improve, in order to attract and retain talent in the workplace.

We have broadened our analysis in our latest edition, covering how long workers expect to stay with their current employer, how technology can be used to draw employees to the workplace, how the workplace impacts workers’ productivity levels and the impact that the workplace has on workers’ mental and physical health.

Employers are most concerned with attracting and retaining talent within the workplace, and ensuring the workforce is at its most productive. The key findings from our survey show that the most important factors for a worker are length and cost of commute, having the ability to work in a variety of workspace and provision of quality IT infrastructure. As the war for talent and skills intensifies, businesses are increasingly using their real estate as a differentiator.