Forty-four percent of office workers say the number one improvement they would like to see on their jobs is the elimination of office politics.

In a survey by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, other improvements topping employees' wish list included:

  • Allowing or encouraging telecommuting (41%)
  • Upgrading office computers and other technology (37%)
  • Getting better office furniture (35%)
  • Providing more private work areas (34%)
  • Allowing more flexible work hours (34%).

One thing respondents said did not need improvement was the boss, despite some common stereotypes. Nearly half (47%) gave their boss a solid "A" grade, with a combined 78% rating their boss an "A" or "B."

Another interesting finding of the study is that 57% of office workers have to buy their own snacks and beverages at work. Consequently, one in two respondents reported leaving the office on coffee or snack runs at least once a day, with some making as many as five trips per day. As businesses think about ways to keep their employees healthy and productive, says Staples, they should consider providing coffee and nutritious snacks on site.

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