Retaining your best talent and reducing attrition
Employees thrive when their working environment supports them in reaching their goals and dreams, recognising that these goals of employees and having their work appreciated as one of the most effective ways to boost motivation in the office. The best employees for your business share your vision and values about what they want to experience at work. High staff turnover and attrition can be a problem for any organisation. By creating an office environment that considers the needs of each employee and allows them to engage with their space positively, it will enhance the desire to stay with the company.
When employees are happy at an organisation, productivity and morale are significantly increased. Any HR professional will tell you that their top priorities are to maintain a high employee retention rate and finding new ways to retain great employees.
Invest in your people
Today’s office environments are all about communication, collaboration, and flexibility, to increase productivity and boost morale in employees. Investing in a positive office environment demonstrates a commitment to both current employees as well as future hires. Staff turnover is a time-consuming and expensive process, so by introducing refreshing design features like activity based working or agile working spaces and breakout areas, staff can connect and collaborate in the office and have more freedom in the workplace. Collective collaboration is fundamental to creating the trust, respect, and transparency required to help foster a high performing culture, increasing the opportunities for knowledge sharing and innovation.
Adding some fun and comfortable breakout spaces and a table tennis can make a statement to employees that they are valued and that the organisation understands the importance of the workplace not only being a place to work, but to socialise. By creating an energetic and exciting environment is crucial to attracting the best talent and improving staff welfare.
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Offer flexible working
Giving employees a choice about how and where they work, and making it easy for them to do so, can have a huge impact on staff well-being and work/life balance. Flexible working arrangements need to be supported by technology and processes that enable people to be productive and effective wherever they are. Offering an employee, a flexible working structure gives them freedom and independence making them feel much more valued.
Productivity is a measure of output, not hours spent bent over a desk – Mobile technology is allowing people to work from cafes, lounges, trains and from home – People do not have to be at a desk to be working or to be productive.
Create a happy working environment
The office should be a place where people want to work every day spending time and a well-considered office design will help to increase the amount of time staff spend in the office, contributing to a strong office community and connection. By providing amenity that enables employees to build their lives around their work routine, they will want to come into the office rather than work at home, resulting in greater levels of morale and productivity.
Happiness is about creating the right culture and a sense of community. Simple things such as positioning meeting spaces near natural light sources and introducing bright, relaxing colours to walls and furniture can help to change the overall feel of a space. We spend more daylight hours in our offices than anywhere else so our office environment has a profound impact on our positivity and outlook.
By creating a positive office environment where the atmosphere empowers employees to achieve their goals rather than limiting their performance, will allow companies to retain and attract the best talent.
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