UK Workplace Trends 2023: March

29th March 2023

Welcome to our monthly round up of UK workplace trends, where we pick out the key workplace trends which are affecting the UK workplace and find out a bit more about the stories behind the headlines.

Is burnout here to stay?

It is widely known that workplace burnout has increased since the pandemic, but according to this article from BBC News, rates continue to climb in 2023. It reports that workers are in a  time lag trying to catch up with their wellbeing after such an elongated period of stress caused by health concerns and isolation. Employers are now recognising that they need to help their teams manage this burn out and are trying to mitigate the effects with additional perks such as gym memberships and home office set up payments.

Read the article here.

UK Offices lag behind on environmental policies

BENEWS reports that new research launched at this month’s MIPIM conference in Cannes by Instant Group and InfinitSpace found that 47% of office landlords are falling behind other property owners implementing/adopting environmental policies.

Read the article here.

Gen Z will drive the growth of ESG workspace amenities

In a US trend that will surely follow in the UK, Rebusiness Online reports how Gen Z workers are driving the ESG agenda in workspace in Texas. The age group are cited by Texas real estate investors KBS, who say that they are now including criteria, such as being near public transport links, and offering health and wellness and community offerings in workspace, when evaluating portfolio investment.

Read the article here.

The right playlist = workplace productivity

And finally, a bit of fun from AllWork.Space this month, who shared a really interesting article about the right (and wrong) songs to include in your work playlist.  Apparently, its all about the bpm (beats per minute). The ideal bpm to keep us alert, calm and working well is 50-100, so songs like “Anti-Hero”, by Taylor Swift are perfect. However, songs with over 150 BPM (such as Harry Styles’ “As it Was”) cause us to be distracted.

Read the article here.

UK workplace trends summary

So, in summary this month, the key topics are around the continuation of workplace burnout, how UK CRE is falling behind on environmental policy development, the role of Gen Z in driving the office ESG agenda and how the right playlist can boost productivity.

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