Three ways to set up your office for success and employee satisfaction
In September 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer, was just over four years. What does this all mean? It means the workplace is now a jungle gym. Gone are the days of 50-year employment tenures with one company. Today’s workforce understands that growth and advancement come from outside their own organization, and they’re not afraid to make a move.
This job-hopping often places the employer in a bind. The employee shuffle can result in a loss of productivity and time as the recruiting and onboarding process can be lengthy. Also, realize that an employee will think outside of their salary when it comes to overall satisfaction at work. Beyond things like free coffee and foosball tables, office design and amenities have become an increasingly important part of the equation. If you’re struggling with employee retention, here are three easy ways to design your office for success and employee satisfaction.
Job-hopping often places the employer in a bind. The employee shuffle can result in a loss of productivity and time as the recruiting and onboarding process can be lengthy.
Light it up
Do you often see people around the office clutching their head or squinting? A study performed by Cornell University’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis showed that workers in offices with optimized natural light had an 84% drop in eyestrain, resulting in fewer headaches and blurry vision. If you’re concerned about the elements outside causing a distraction, you shouldn’t be. The study said that workers sitting near a window reported a 2% increase in productivity.
We understand that an office’s layout may not allow many workers to be near a window. There are some simple things you can do to help brighten the room. For example, be sure to move any light-obstructing furniture out of the way. Making sure that the natural rays always shine in.
Allow employees to break free from their desks
For employees who are stuck behind a computer all day, why not give them a chance to break free with a break-out space? There are some fun ways to design a break room that can spur productivity. Providing a comfortable and peaceful place for employees to collaborate.
Try incorporating modular furniture that can easily move. Along with whiteboards or glass that employees can use as writable walls for brainstorm sessions. These creatively designed spaces shouldn’t only be for working. Employees can use them for brain breaks, snacks, private phone calls or even meditation. Research indicates the most productive employees will work for 52 minutes before needing to take a 17-minute break.
Learn more about happy employees here: A Work/Life Balance and Why it Matters.
Plant some new ideas
Don’t ever discount the importance of a good houseplant. A paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that workspaces were enriched by simply having plants in the office. The same research found that plants in the office improved employees’ memory retention substantially. The paper also mentions that employees were about 15% more productive when plants were in their immediate vicinity.
With just a few small changes, these office tweaks can make your employees more satisfied and more productive. The happier the employee, the more inclined they will be to stay with the company. A workspace that will encourage holistic health and satisfaction is bound to help your recruiting efforts.