UK employers struggle to motivate workers in summer

Hannah Sims · 11 Jul

With the summer months officially upon us, it seems organisations are struggling to keep up with basic employee needs.

A new survey by Peldon Rose found that 84% of employees believe ‘summer perks’ would boost their productivity, yet over a third (34%) of UK offices don’t offer any. Some organisations are even failing to provide office essentials such as air conditioning, which employees say directly improves their productivity.

What did the survey find?

During the summer, many organisations face the constant battle of keeping employees motivated, and offering seasonal perks can help address this friction. Of the companies that did offer summer perks, casual dress (35%), team meals (22%) and team drinks (34%) were most common, while an early finish (7%) and ice cream (13%) were the least common.


The report also revealed that air conditioning is the most valued office facility (60%), yet 37% of organisation didn’t provide it. In fact, employees value their office environment so much that 31% said they’d be willing to give up part of their salary for refurbishments, and would spend more time in the office if it had better facilities. Further key takeaways revolved around:

  • Office facilities: 66% of employees said the office environment contributes to keeping them happy at work. Despite valuing outdoor space (57%), natural lighting (40%) and showers (34%), 66% of employers don’t offer outdoor space, followed by 39% and 65% respectively.
  • Salary sacrifice: 31% stated they would sacrifice at least 1% of their salary for office refurbishment.
  • Extra hours: 66% stated they would spend more hours in the office if facilities were improved, with 17% stating it would equate to more than two hours extra per day.
  • Relationships: 76% of respondents said their colleagues were a key factor in their happiness at work, followed by a good relationship with their manager (68%). Some 87% said summer perks helped them to bond with their colleagues.
  • Productivity: Over half (59%) believe they are most productive working in the office, however less than half (48%) are included in any planned changes.


How do employers tackle these issues?

Cost-friendly summer perks will promote employee engagement and improve productivity, helping organisations attract and retain talent.

Jitesh Patel, chief executive, Peldon Rose, commented on the findings: “We know that in the summer, employees tend to exercise more, eat healthier and place a higher value on office facilities, such as changing areas, showers and air conditioning. They also want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air whenever possible, making the desire to have access to outdoor spaces and natural lighting that much more important to their wellbeing.

“As our survey reveals, it is clear that employees don’t feel their offices are doing enough to meet these needs or to instigate team bonding. If employees are willing to give up part of their salary and spend more time in the office due to an office refurbishment, businesses should take notice and put an emphasis on creating strategic changes to their office that benefits their workforce”.

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