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While more employers are jumping on the open-office-concept bandwagon, what employees really want is more flexibility to work remotely. (Photo; Shutterstock)

A spiffy open office design with all the latest bells and whistles isn’t going to keep top employees at a company that hasn’t given those employees the flexibility to decide whether they want to work in an open office—or that hasn’t paid enough attention to employee wellness.

Those are among the key findings of the 2019 Staples Workplace Survey, which also reports that not only would 67 percent of employees consider leaving their job if work arrangements became more rigid—not surprising considering that 90 percent say more flexible work arrangements and schedules will increase morale—but wellness is so important to them that 41 percent said they’d take a 10 percent pay cut for a company that cared more about employee wellness.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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