Designing an Office to Attract and Retain Top Talent

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Finding the right talent can be a challenging task. Retaining them can prove to be even more difficult given the fact that top talent is always in demand. Finding and hiring an employee can cost a business a large amount of time and effort. When an employee resigns, it may take weeks, or even months, to find the right fit for the role.

Every business must make attracting and retaining top talent a priority. One way to attract top talent and retain your best employees is to create a workplace they love coming to. 

Here are some office design tips to create a workplace that will help attract and retain top talent.

Workplace Design That Reflects Your Culture 

Make sure your office design communicates your culture. A well-designed workplace will reveal your brand’s personality and priorities. Use a brand-centered design in common areas. When evaluating different office designs, determine if they express your culture. 

For example, if you want to encourage employee independence, create different types of private workstations such as free-standing desks or cubicles. On the other hand, if you have a creative and nimble culture, create open and collaborative spaces that allow employees to communicate and brainstorm effectively

Use Design to Promote Wellness

As an employer, you are responsible for creating a comfortable workplace for your employees. Create a work environment that supports your employees’ physical, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing. Install ergonomic workstations that allow your team members to work in the way they are most comfortable.

Natural light is known to promote wellness. To bring more natural light into your workplace, add shiny objects to your interiors. Consider installing larger windows or painting your walls in light colors to make better use of existing light.

Install glass wall partitions to increase natural light in your workplace. Consider creating quiet zones and socialization areas. Use natural materials such as wood or stone in meeting areas.  

Create an Agile and Flexible Workplace

An increasing number of organizations are adopting hybrid work-from-home strategies to provide their employees with better work life balance.

Give your employees the freedom to work whenever and wherever they like. Use flexible modular furniture solutions that allow for easy reconfiguration and modular walls that allow you to reconfigure your workspace at a short notice.

Your spaces should support large scale collaboration devices and video conferencing software. Make sure your employees have access to collaboration tools and video conferencing solutions.

Balance Privacy and Collaboration

People need to work collaboratively as well as need time alone. A collaborative workspace is a must, but you also need to create private spaces where your employees can recharge and refocus.

Nomadic height adjustable stations are great at helping people work one-on-one with a coworker while maintaining privacy. Use plants, furniture, and screens to create boundaries that help employees manage visibility. The Facilities by Design team has years of experience creating collaborative workplaces. Whether you want to create a new design from scratch or plan to tweak an existing office design in San Rafael, we can help. Have questions for us? Call our office at (707) 580-1362.