With the cruise ship industry undergoing unprecedented growth, attracting the best staff and keeping them is becoming increasingly difficult. A happy, productive crew is the most valuable asset any cruise ship owner has, but until recently very little attention has been paid to the importance of living quarters for this army of customer-facing employees.
Living and working onboard an ocean liner is something many people find difficult, especially when their own living arrangements, spaces and bathrooms are not nice.
Smart cruise ship owners know that their employees are their most valuable asset and this is why they have started investing in crew cabins, seeing it as a great investment.
- Richard Branson
design, productivity and happiness
A survey of 1,000 British-based office workers, undertaken by YouGov, found that 30% of respondents felt that their current office was dated, uninspiring and in need of a complete refurbishment, a trend which is highest amongst those employed in the Hospitality & Leisure (45%) sector.
According to another survey, conducted by Saracen Interiors, 43% of candidates offered a job reject it due to an uninspiring or ugly work environment. While there have been no studies done directly on cruise ship staff quarters, it is easy enough to draw inferences from the ones mentioned and assume that the quality of staff quarters will play an equally important role in luring the best staff.
According to Forbes, “When team members are happy at work, they are better collaborators, work towards common goals, and are more innovative”.
overcoming the challenge of limited space
One study, conducted by the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment, found that organizations that provide a bathroom that is thoughtfully designed and features materials that wear well will be more positively evaluated by their employees.
Using the bathroom is a necessary element of everyone’s life and work dynamic. So it comes as no surprise that thoughtful attention to the design and management of restrooms is more significant than often recognized.
why choose eumar for designing your crew bathrooms?
In the past, functionality was the only consideration when furbishing crew quarters and saving on costs was seen as the major reason to do the absolute minimum in these spaces.
But as our views on the importance of working environments have changed over time there is a realization that it is an investment worth making.