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Exeter initiative to celebrate and improve workplaces


Businesses are being invited to get involved with ‘Future of the Workplace’ to help understand the best ways of improving workspaces in and around Exeter.

Backed by Exeter City Council and Exeter Chamber of Commerce, the initiative is looking at best practice around productivity and well-being of employees.

Organisations in and around Exeter can complete a survey at bit.ly/FoftheW which will gather insight into workspaces and work initiatives covering physical space, technology and well-being. The information will be used to highlight best practice and make recommendations in a report that will go to the city council, MP Ben Bradshaw, local organisations and businesses.

Exeter-based work transformation specialists Space helped kick-start the initiative and are hoping companies get involved.

Tim Wadsworth, Director of Space, said: “Exeter is already the region’s fastest-growing city and has a huge number of exciting brands and fantastic workspaces. Future of the Workspace wants to highlight that but also provide guidance backed by data on what works and is conducive to creating happy, motivated and productive teams and great working environments.”

“How we work, and the technology that allows us to work more effectively, is changing fast, so we need to understand what is happening, what is working well, and how we can learn from each other to make the most of opportunities.”

Anonymised data from the survey will feed into the study. Companies will also receive a personalised report setting out their information against the local average ‘benchmark’ on different indicators including well-being, use of technology and workplace employee initiatives.

Organisations including Classic Pod Company, Corkscrew, Cosmic, Crowdcube, Expedite, Humanscale, OTB Eveling, Office Labs, Oxygen House, Stephens Scown LLP, the University of Exeter, The Workplace Wellness Company along with representatives from Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and Exeter Chamber were involved in a gathering earlier this year to help shape the Future of the Workplace initiative.

Jo Caine, Exeter Chamber Director and owner of Exeter-based Cathedral Appointments, said: “The physical aspects of a workspace, technology and how we support employees are at the heart of any modern business. The survey is a great way of helping us understand innovation, what is working well and where we can improve. The data will be invaluable to informing business leaders.”

The initiative has also seen the launch of the Space Awards which will recognise great work environments in and around Exeter. The awards are open for entry now through to late September, with the ceremony happening in November.

For more information please contact Grace from Space on 077393 51421 or grace@betterworkspace.co.uk