Skanska has for the third time conducted its market research Skanska Office Index in Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. Promoting satisfaction and good work is the most important factor for Czech companies when renting new office space Decrease of the energy consumption is seen as the most important cost saving strategy in office premises.
The survey shows majority of Czech companies (83%) predict the same area of office space in one year. Promoting satisfaction and good work, availability of parking space and location close to communications are the most important factors for Czech companies when renting new office space. The most important cost saving strategy for Czech companies is decreasing energy consumption (58%). 79% Czech companies take measures with the aim to reduce environmental impact and "Waste sorting" is what the companies mainly do for the environment.
"In the result of Skanska's Office Index we can see that decreasing of energy consumption is the most important cost saving strategy for Czech companies concerning new office premises. 77% of the Czech respondents also state reduced energy use to be included in an environmental-responsible property," says CEO of Skanska Property Czech Republic Rikard Henriksson. "In Skanska we are focusing on energy saving solutions for all our future office projects since it is of benefit both for our tenants and the environment. Skanska's office building Nordica Ostrava, which is the first EU GreenBuilding certified building in Czech Republic, clearly shows that it is possible to develop energy-efficient buildings that are not more expensive compared to the standard ones.
No changes regarding office space size in the coming year
In Poland 22% (33%) of the companies believe they will have more office space in a year while 69% (59%) will stay with the same office space. In Hungary the number of respondents predicting more office space has declined to 15% (24%) and the respondents predicting less office space has risen to 19% (10%). In the Czech Republic there is a significantly greater proportion who believes they will have the same office space in one year, 83% compared to 72% a year ago and 63% in 2007, and only 12% (20% (31%)) will have more office space.
More or fewer employees
Common for all three countries is that the main part of the companies believes that they will stay with the same number of employees in the office space that they are responsible for in one year. In the Czech Republic only 16% (20%) believe they will increase the number of employees the coming year, while 73% (68% (54%)) say they will have the same number of employees. Corresponding figure for the same number of employees for Poland is 29% (51%) and for Hungary 25% (34%).
Office space size and layout
In Czech Republic 32% companies have 8-11m2 (office space)/employee, 20% have 12-16 m2/employee and 13% have more than 16m2/employee. 38% Czech companies have only individual office rooms and 24% have mixture of "25% open-plan and 75% individual office rooms".
Important factors for new office space
The Czech and Polish companies rank the Promotion of satisfaction & a good work environment the highest while renting a new office. The rent and financial terms is the most important factor for the Hungarian companies. Energy costs and parking space are other important factors. The three most important factors for Czech companies when renting office space were The premises promoting satisfaction and good work, Availability of parking space and The location close to communications.
Hungarian respondents are taking more measures to reduce environmental impact, 83% compared to Czech 79% and Polish respondents 54%. 58% of the Czech respondents are interested in Decreasing energy consumption. 30% resp. 29% are interested in Decreasing amount of personnel and Renegotiate the leasing terms. The majority 77% (79%) of the Czech respondents state Reduced energy use to be included in an environmental-responsible prop