With the war for talent raging around us, and the cost of replacing staff estimated at 1.5 times annual salary (CSM.com), attracting and retaining talent is becoming one of the key challenges facing businesses today.
Employee expectations are changing and businesses that focus solely on salary and benefits are losing out. New technologies allow us to change where, when and how we work, but optimising workplace design is something organisations are slower to catch on to.
Many businesses still provide just a traditional – often drab – office box with a single desk at a fixed location. But there are so many other creative options and design innovations to take advantage of now.
Businesses that recognise the changing landscape and needs of workers are now looking to workplace consultants and designers to address this and to help attract and retain the best talent- and giving HR a seat at the table during these discussions.
So, how can your business adapt its workspace to meet the needs and expectations of today’s best talent? Here are some of our top strategies to improve staff retention:
Provide access to nature
From natural lighting to Biophilic Design, providing a connection with the natural environment has been shown to improve wellbeing in a wide variety of industries.
Give shared spaces priority access to positions with outside views, and if it’s possible, encourage staff to get outside on a regular basis
Whether that be a large round table with a write-on surface or areas for sitting and standing meetings, collaborative work zones should be a part of every office now. It’s amazing how a small change in space design affects knowledge share, team building and bringing people together.
Keep up with technology
Improved IT and connectivity can make a massive difference to the way we work. Having the latest laptops and desktops allow us to work faster and smarter and accomplish more tasks with greater accuracy.
Integrated technology also makes it easy for staff to pick up their laptop and work anywhere within the office.
Add in some Resimercial Design
This is an office design layout and furnishing style that brings the homely feel of residential furniture into the workplace.
This can bring light-hearted, friendliness into the workplace.
Powerhouse companies including the likes of Microsoft, Google, Uber, and Airbnb have invested in resimercial design to increase employee retention, productivity, and creativity.
Consider colour theory
Colour profoundly affects mood and perception.
There are some cultural differences around how colours are perceived but research suggests that blue colour affects your mind, yellow your emotions, red your body, and green your ‘balance’.
By having an understanding of these colours and how to use them effectively in office design, you can create an environment that fosters the best in your biggest asset, your people.
Can Axis House help with your workplace?
Having the right office environment to attract and retain top talent is more important than ever. At Axis House, we are committed to helping you get the very best from your office space, which is why we offer a turnkey service to help clients at every single stage of the journey.
Whether you are planning an office refurbishment or a complete redesign of your current space, Axis House will be your expert partner, taking care of every detail to make the whole process stress-free and leaving you free to get on with business.
Have a look at our recent case studies to see how we’ve helped businesses just like yours better utilise their space to meet the needs of employees, or download the office design guide, below for more inspiration.