Research from Morgan Lovell shows that UK workers are crying out for offices with more buzz – the combination of a good atmosphere, energy and teamwork.

Lost the buzz? UK workers languish in dull corporate offices

  • Nine in ten UK office workers say a buzzy atmosphere increases their productivity
  • Four-fifths claim corporates fail to compete with the buzz of start-ups
  • Three-quarters of workers spend their days “tied to the desk”.

UK workers are crying out for offices with more buzz – the combination of a good atmosphere, energy and teamwork – according to new research from workplace consultancy, Morgan Lovell.

The Buzz Barometer, a gauge of UK office atmosphere, found three quarters (78%) of employees say they would be significantly more productive if their workplace had more buzz..

Nearly all workers (94%) say that a great atmosphere boosts productivity and more than four-fifths (85%) claim it sets rapidly-growing, successful businesses apart from sluggish competition.

For more than three-quarters (79%), working in a buzzy office is a key consideration when looking for a new job, with laughter (50%) and conversation (42%) considered the key drivers of this intangible quality. Yet, only a third of staff (33%) believe their leadership team is concerned by dull offices.

Getting the buzz back

Corporates are failing to match small company buzz, with four-fifths (81%) saying SMEs offer a better working atmosphere than large companies.

The study found bosses were rated as the top buzz kills and almost three quarters (72%) of employees say business leaders need to do more to reinvigorate their office culture. A further 82% state their organisation does not provide a choice of working environments.

More than three-quarters of workers (76%) feel tied to their desks for the majority of the day, despite 81% stating that being active would significantly improve the atmosphere.

London blows cold as Welsh offices heat up

The research shows how buzz varies across the UK, with Welsh offices topping the rankings for overall atmosphere. Yorkshire came top for energy and morale, while employees in the East Midlands enjoy the most laughter at work.

London and the South East both fail to top the list for a single indicator of office buzz, with Northern Ireland coming out on top for creativity.


Corporate culture is everything when it comes to creating high performance teams. If people are happy and enjoy their work, they'll feel inspired and engaged - automatically contributing to a 'buzzy' office environment.

Deborah Fairfull, Blisspot Founder