Office Workers Vent on Extreme Temperatures, Messy Restrooms, Rodents and 'Dumpy' Workplaces

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Blumberg Capital Partners
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Philip Blumberg's Blumberg Capital Partners releases verbatim comments and regional comparisons from landmark office worker survey; ‘I wish the building had windows'

CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 24 - Philip Blumberg's Blumberg Capital Partners, the U.S. investment firm and commercial real estate investment fund, today released verbatim comments and regional comparisons from its landmark survey of office workers. The comments from the survey respondents highlight the range of conditions under which U.S. office workers toil.

In the survey, a full interactive version of which is now online, workers note a lack of basic needs, such as hot water in restrooms, clean carpets and comfortable chairs, while others seek higher-end amenities like workout facilities, free snacks and coffee, and nap rooms. Among the comments: "I wish the building had windows," and "Build separate men's and ladies' rooms to replace the unisex bathroom."

The survey was commissioned to gauge the impact of office building conditions on worker attitudes, productivity and motivation. Initial findings, released in January 2008, unveiled a litany of common problems, including extreme temperatures, insects, leaky ceilings, rodents and messy bathrooms. The survey also found that a third of the workers have accepted or left a job due to building conditions or amenities. Nearly half described their office environments as "bland," "dumpy," or "stodgy."

Blumberg Capital Partners today released verbatim feedback from the survey - culled from more than 5,000 written responses. The company also posted its survey live as an interactive online tool for office workers to take the poll and see how they stack up against national averages. The interactive survey and full survey results - including a compilation of the verbatim comments andregional comparisons - are posted at

"The companies of ‘Corporate America' have long been judged on the quality of work environments they provide to their employees," said Philip Blumberg, Chairman and CEO of Blumberg Capital Partners. "The results of our survey confirm that office conditions, indeed, directly impact employee retention, recruitment, and productivity. That is why Blumberg Capital Partners has spent the last 20 years providing the highest quality space and a broad range of exceptional services to our corporate tenants and their employees."

Comments (2)

Tiffany Wilson
eReal Estate Corp - Redondo Beach, CA
SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors

This posting makes me think of LAX airport - one of the most well known in the world.  Surprisingly, several of the terminals look - and sometimes smell - like they haven't had a remodel in 30+ years.  It's a little embarassing.

Apr 24, 2008 05:21 AM
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Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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