That seems like an odd question. When companies think about their recruitment and retention activities, they generally think in terms of salaries and benefits. After all, those are the things that people want, right? The short answer to that is yes, and no. Money and other perks are important, but the truth is, we spend the vast majority of our time at work, inside an office and the way it looks, feels and functions has a huge impact on our overall satisfaction, engagement and productivity. Following are three ways to create an attractive design of your office space, regardless of the type of business you operate.
Flexible and Collaborative
Office layouts these days have to be flexible to allow for a greater degree of collaboration among employees. However, simply implementing an open office plan isn’t enough, companies need to provide a variety of workspace types to accommodate individual and team projects alike. Flexible workstations and common areas, that can be used by one, or several employees give everyone the opportunity to stay involved. However, it’s also important to provide some quiet, secluded spaces where employees can make calls, or focus on individual assignments without distraction.
Physical Comfort and Wellness
Spending hours at a desk, staring at a computer screen and typing can have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of employees. Old, out-dated furniture that isn’t meant to accommodate today’s technology can lead to unsafe working habits. It’s imperative that every workstation has an ergonomic setup, that takes the time spent on specific tasks into consideration. Although your current furniture may be in good shape, investing in new furniture that encourages proper posture, positioning and movement will keep your current and future employees productive and healthy.
Light and Color Matter
Dull, boring colors highlighted by outdated fluorescent lights are not only unattractive, they bring productivity and morale down. Natural lighting paired with strategically placed, vibrant colors and artistic embellishments that mirror your company’s culture make it more pleasant for employees to come to work. Not only that, but potential employees will be more apt to sign on with a company whose office shows creativity and imagination than one that’s dull and lifeless. Your office space design is a big indicator of your company culture. So, grab some paint, new artwork, live plants and updated window treatments and give your office a face lift.
If you want to learn more about how the design of your office space affects your employees, or you are seeking a new space, please contact us. We are experts in office leasing and sales and we are always happy to lend a hand. We currently serve more than 550 markets, meaning we’ll find you the perfect location, no matter where you are.