Nearly half of UK managers would sacrifice benefits - including £1,000 of their salary, their company car, private medical insurance or one week's annual leave - for a better workplace.
ICM Research reveals 45 per cent of managers would consider moving to a competitor to get a better working environment.
More than a quarter of those surveyed said they would be ashamed to bring clients into their workplace.
Almost all managers dislike hot-desking - 92 per cent prefer the security of their own designated work space.
More than half of the 600 managers polled would rather have a thinking space away from their desk than social facilities such as a bar, restaurant or shopping area. Currently, only a fifth of workers have a designated thinking space.
The study, for Management Today, finds that public sector managers are more likely to have facilities such as a gym or shower than their private sector counterparts.
They are also more likely to be able to rearrange their local work environment and benefit from flexible work practices.
There is also more willingness to change jobs or trade annual leave for a better workspace than among private-sector managers.