How nice is your office?

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Is this the ultimate office? Brilliantly designed, floor-to-celing windows, plenty of chill zones, this is where employees at Google in Dublin spend their days.  A recent survey concluded that Google-ers have it best when it comes to working environments. 

At the top of the OnePoll survey, which asked 2000 employees to describe their ultimate office, came large windows, personalised parking spaces, an on-site creche, music playing, a high tech espresso machine, and for those moments where you feel a little shabby before your next meeting, hair-straighteners in the toilets. Gone are the days when a free pot of tea would suffice.

Four in ten employees reported that their current workplace hasn't been updated in at least ten years; 21 per cent claimed their offices had been designed during the 1980s. A spokesman for Furniture at Work says this on the matter: 'It’s fair to say that Google has led the way with their fresh take on office life. Contrary to the old days, sitting on the floor during meetings and having plenty of communal areas and time outdoors is now seen as a great way to work.' She confirmed the research's findings that the majority of offices were built decades ago, which can cause many workers to feel demotivated.

It's all very well to work in swanky surroundings, but what are the employers' expectations when the office is a nicer environment than many of its employees' homes? Work and play can become confusing when there is a table-tennis table in the boardroom, and break-out-zones look like they've been lifted from boutique hotels. There is no doubt that a positive working environment can have amazing effects on productivity and moral. It's just important that work doesn't become too seductive a place to reside.