Keep Talent (and Attract Even More) Through Smart Workplace Design
Good salary? Sure. Health insurance, 401(k), some vacation days? Always nice to have.
How about a short commute and a vending machine with plenty of Cool Ranch Doritos? Sign me up.
But as important as all these factors are to job satisfaction, it turns out that workplace design — the form and function of the physical space where you do your daily work — ranks close to the top for today's employees and job seekers. And smart companies are finally beginning to take note.
Although they're far from extinct, I think we can all agree that the fluorescent wastelands and cubicle farms of decades past are as productivity-inhibiting as they are soul-sucking. Progressive business owners and executives are realizing the correlation between an attractive, functional, adaptable space and employee satisfaction.
A recent study from Hassel backed this up, showing that while salary is still the top driver for the attractiveness of a job, at forty-five percent, workplace culture (thirty-two percent), and facilities (sixteen percent), round out the top three. And I can attest firsthand that workplace aesthetics can impact the perception of potential talent; essentially, your company is immediately judged "good" or "bad" based on what candidates see around them at the interview.