Research points to need to improve relationships in the workplace

New research released today by global workplace provider Regus revealed that in Australia, nearly half (49%) of employees in large firms (250+ employees) say that they dislike co-workers, compared to only 16% of small firms (less than 49 employees). However there are solutions, which can be put in place, to turn the issue around and enhance collaboration and positive workplace relationships.

The top reasons overall for disliking co-workers included:

  • They have a poor work ethic (31%)
  • They are unable to do their job properly (19%)
  • They are over-powering and controlling (18%)

The survey found that employees in large businesses reported not liking fellow colleagues when they think they are too good to work hard (11%). Small business workers said they do not like their co-workers when they are difficult to manage (10%).

Solutions that workers identified in order to handle co-workers they disliked included:

  • Performance managing them until they are capable of doing their job (53%)
  • Getting to know them better on a personal level (34%)
  • Only 6% said they should be fired

CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said his top tip for combatting the fact you dislike a colleague is to look at the wider picture.

“In today’s busy workplace, we often forget the value of getting to know people and building relationships through collaboration. Workers do need to take steps to face this, for example if your dislike of a colleague is getting to a point where it is effecting your work, step back and think about the bigger picture. You might find that getting to know that, or working with them to overcome a specific challenge will help you turn around the situation. For employers, it’s important to structure your workplace to foster collaboration and positive interactions between employees.”

Regus’ tips for improving workplace relationships:

  • Have areas and zones in the workplace for workers to collaborate and socialize together to help increase staff engagement
  • Introduce flexible working methods allowing workers to have control over where and when they work – recent Regus research shows that flexi-work helps to reduce work related stress (according to 71% of Australians)[1]
  • Help your colleagues to improve their skills
  • Set up a structure with goals for managing workers/colleagues in order to help get to where they need to be and to increase their abilities
  • Host social functions to encourage mingling between co-workers
  • Foster a positive work environment such as writing the company values up on the wall with positive messages

Mr Migliorini added: “Another option is Flexible working – which means employees have more control over where and when they work. You could work from home, a café or from a local business centre such as Regus, for a couple of days a week, to get out of the office a bit more. We’re seeing a huge rise in flexi-work, so you might be pleasantly surprised how your boss reacts to the idea.

“When discussing these kind of issues with your manager, it can really help to have a suggested solution, such as flexible working, up your sleeve – that way they’ll know you’re proactive and prepared.”

Regus is a global workplace provider with more than 2000 business centres in 101 countries, providing convenient, high quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work.




About Regus:


Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2000 business centres in 101 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: