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A new initiative to inspire and encourage businesses and organisations across the region’s fastest-growing city to create and celebrate fantastic workspaces has been launched.

Exeter workspace transformation specialists Space are launching ‘Future of the Workplace’ is supported by Exeter City Council, Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Exeter City Futures.

The aim is to encourage organisations to share best practice, discuss and highlight benefits of having fantastic workspaces and set out some of the opportunities and challenges of creating workspaces suitable for 21st century working.

A report compiling findings from across the city will be developed and shared with businesses, council leaders and other key local and regional organisations. There will also be awards to recognise organisations already working hard to create and nurture great work environments.

Tim Wadsworth, Director of Space, based at Southernhay in Exeter, said: “Evidence shows just how vital having the right workplace environment is both for people and the organisation itself. It helps build a more supportive culture, reduces risks of conflicts and fosters a happier workforce. That leads to improved job satisfaction and pride in people’s work, which in turn helps boost productivity and staff retention.

“Studies have shown that there is an inverse relationship between cost and employees’ levels of happiness, so it ultimately has an impact on the bottom line too.”

‘Future of the Workplace’ will give organisations opportunities to highlight creative and ‘employee-friendly’ work environments, and examples of initiatives that encourage healthier lifestyles, and support well-being and good mental health. Companies and employees will be invited to take part in a survey to find best practice to share, as well as pick up on challenges or concerns. Awards will celebrate best practice across the city.

Watch this space for further information and how you can get involved.

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