3 Ways That Workplace Design Can Help Attract Top Talent

It’s no coincidence that some of the most successful brands who attract the world’s best talent also have the coolest offices.

‘If you want to attract and retain talented employees, having an office in the right location, with the features that today’s workers want, is more important than you may think’ – Office Agenda says, who carried out a survey on 1,000 workers across the UK.

Another recent survey of over 1,500 office staff aged between 18 and 65, by online office agency www.freeofficefinder.com, has revealed 33% of millennial office workers put more focus on the office environment than their salary and benefits.

The data shown above proves how influential your office space can be for retaining and attracting top talent, especially if you are struggling to recruit currently.
So how can workplace design help attract top talent?

First Impressions Count

When interviewing top talent in person, your workspace will be one of the strongest first impressions that your potential recruits will have of your organization, therefore it’s important to ensure that this is a positive one.
It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s most successful brands who attract the world’s best talent also have the coolest offices; just look at the likes of the offices of Google, Apple, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Showcase your company culture

It’s important that office design reflects your company culture and brand personality well as this will immediately give potential employees an idea of what it’s like to work for you.

A flexible workspace where people have a choice of different environments allows them to focus on their current task – such as quiet booths for independent working or huddle spaces for collaboration. Simply by providing a choice, individuals can work in a way that suits them and their work style.

This shows your potential employees that you are an organization that encourages agile working through providing both collaboration and concentration zones/furniture for use dependent on the task at hand.

Focus on employee workplace wellbeing

Employee wellbeing in the workplace is becoming an increasingly important topic and top talent are looking for an employer that prioritises this. Workplace design has a significant impact on the well-being of employees and therefore needs to be carefully considered.

Having an environment that supports healthy physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing through features such as ergonomic workstations and seating, great natural light/LED lighting, high air quality, biophilia, colour, different working environments (e.g. quiet concentration and collaboration zones) and breakout spaces where employees can take a break, are critical in helping to attract top talent.