In recent years, the average time workers stay in their jobs for is just 4.4 years and it seems that the ‘expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that’. The Forbes article, ‘Job Hopping Is the 'New Normal' for Millennials’, explains how the days of ‘a job for life’ are on the way out. However, this is not to say that we should cultivate an office environment that ignores staff wellbeing and engagement. By creating an office environment that considers staffs needs and allows them to engage with their space positively, it will enhance the desire to stay in the company.
After Brexit companies should be looking for reasons to retain their best talent and encourage them to stay by making efforts to instil trust and security by spending money on enhancing the environments their staff work in.
Failure to invest in the workplace can be a costly mistake and on average, it costs businesses £30,614 to replace a member of staff. Overall, British businesses are spending around £4.13bn every year in staff turnover costs and it takes new staff an average of 8 months to reach their optimum productivity in their new roles.
Staff turnover is a time-consuming and costly process so by introducing refreshing design features like agile working spaces and breakout areas, staff can socialise in the office and have more freedom in the workplace. Soft seating areas and spacious kitchen points form central hubs that encourage staff to integrate and provide space for social events that bring the company together. This in turn creates reasons for staff to stay rather than reasons to leave.
The office should be somewhere people look forward to spending time and good office design will help to increase the amount of time staff spend in the office, contributing to a strong office community.
With good kitchen facilities staff can have the option to come in early to eat breakfast and eat lunch in a shared space in the office. By providing facilities that enable staff to build their lives into their work routine, they will want to come into the office rather than work at home and maintain higher levels of morale and productivity.
Investing in a positive office environment demonstrates a commitment to both current staff as well as new talent. Adding comfortable breakout spaces, table tennis tables or even a healthy snack bar can make a statement to employees that they are valued and that you understand the importance of having fun at work. This energetic and exciting environment is key to bringing in the best talent and improving staff welfare.
Table Tennis at Essence Digital's London HQ
Alongside inspiring office design, the workplace needs to be supported by a positive atmosphere by the leaders of the company. One of the most insightful trends that emerged from the results of the Peldon Rose Summer Survey 2016 was that less than half of workers (43%) feel appreciated by their company and survey results also show that employees recognise having their work appreciated as one of the most effective ways to boost motivation in the office.
With trust and appreciation in the workplace emerging as areas that businesses are failing in, companies are neglecting their duties to connect with their staff and improve engagement. As well as the mental wellbeing of staff, employers should also be looking to take on the responsibility of staff’s physical wellbeing.
Creating areas for in-house fitness classes or yoga sessions is an easy way to bring staff together in collaboration and helps to promote a healthy workplace. Other features like bike storage and shower facilities will also provide staff with the chance to exercise on their way to work to help staff integrate their lifestyles with their jobs.
Transforming the workplace through design and new facilities will provide staff with the opportunity to enjoy their workplace and find reasons to stay with the company, rather than what is the quickest route out. The same applies to supporting staff by creating a positive office atmosphere that empowers them rather than limits their performance. Balancing these two factors helps to create a culture of positivity in the office where staff can trust their employer to do everything they can to keep their best people in the business.
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