In March, we brought together industry experts to discuss why the battle for talent is sharper than ever. Over a continental breakfast, it was brilliant to physically come together to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing business leaders, and why putting people first is key. Check out the highlights to hear why, rather than the 'Great Resignation', we should be thinking of this moment in time as the 'Great Awakening'.
I truly believe that the latest insights in Peldon Rose’s Powered by People report have highlighted what we have always known: the best design designs for people. In time gone by, successful workplace design would be measured by the number of desks you could pack into a space. Now, the opposite is true. Successful office interior design is achieving a space that caters for everyone, that works effectively and efficiently (yes, with a few desks scattered in there too). It's clear that the workforce understands this, as 70% of the people surveyed in our report believe that employers need to do more to improve offices. A good way to do this is to create a workplace that’s inclusive for all.
On Tuesday 8 March we hosted our first International Women’s Day discussion at Sterling House. It’s a topic that is a passion of mine personally, and I wanted to ensure that we not only celebrated the women in our business and industry but are taking responsibility and are actually taking steps in the right direction driving equality and breaking the bias.
Our Powered by People report sheds light on the factors influencing our choices about where to work, who to work for, and why. We know that job vacancies in the UK are at an all-time high, and this has created an intensely competitive job market. Yet, it’s a mistake to believe that this report highlights challenges exclusive to hiring managers or business leaders. A closer look at the report’s insights sends a clear message to landlords operating within the commercial office space. There’s an opportunity to harness the built environment to create the experience that the workforce, and prospective tenants, want and need.
As we enter the new year, the latest wave of the pandemic continues to cause uncertainty for both the workforce and business leaders. Companies in England are still impacted by work from home guidance, with no indication of when this will be lifted. Many have spent months making sure that their offices are safe for teams to work in and they are arguably one of the most controllable environments. So, why aren’t businesses being asked to be part of the solution to understanding how we function more productively with this virus in society?
The homes we live in, the restaurants we dine at and the stores we shop in are designed to shape our experience within a space. The quality of this experience has the power to affect our mood or ability to use the space effectively. In the workplace, this is no different, and the new year brings new opportunities to design workspaces that users truly enjoy coming into.
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