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Kenyans hate the offices they work in - Report

"Modern offices should feel like destinations rather than the traditional 9-5 place."

Only a few Kenyan offices have overhauled the mundane cream or white walls that only have calendars, clocks or office memos as the extent of their decor.

The findings were by Ipsos in research commissioned by American furniture maker Steelcase.

The Steelcase South Africa regional manager, Sjoerd Jan Speikhout, was speaking in Nairobi's Capital Club where he met corporate executives.


He said that a third of the people interviewed said they found the offices where they worked unsatisfactory.

"They felt disengaged  and were unhappy with their work environment, which adversely affected their overall output. An inviting work environment unconsciously boosts the workers' morale leading to more productivity hence higher profits." he said.

The regional manager advised that modern offices should feel like destinations rather than the traditional 9-5 place. "Emphasis should be a lifestyle experience."

He encouraged decision makers to make employees happy to stay longer in the office. Otherwise, the result would be workers who are only interested in doing just enough to reach their quotas.

Modern offices that have gone through this kind of change have a way for coworkers to meet and chat over coffee.


"People are happy to stay longer in an office whose furniture encourages teamwork on home sofas, cafeteria like counters next to - coffee makers," he added.

According to BD Life Kenya's coolest offices have swings, homely furniture, and museum-worthy art.

Offices even go ahead to incorporate traditional Kenyan designs into their decor that celebrate the country's culture.

Some of the more outstanding offices in the world even have indoor basketball courts and nail salons.

The wave of revamped offices seems to be a growing trend in corporate real estate Kenyan culture.


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