Staff involvement in office design

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No employer likes to find an envelope stuffed with a resignation letter on their desk. Losing a talented member of your team can be bad for morale, figures and your wallet. It’s thought replacing an employee costs in the region of £30,000 and even when you find a new member of staff, it can take up to 28 weeks to get them up to speed.

Prevention is better than cure, so it’s time to work on your staff retention strategy. You might be asking where office design comes into the equation and the office you provide makes a massive difference. Research by Empirica found that workplace design and facilities are just behind salary as key influences that can help retain good staff. In addition, 25% of workers said they would take a pay cut in return for a better workplace.

Convinced? Undertaking an office refurbishment, changing your layout design or even just replacing your office furniture is a step in the right direction but there is something else you can do to improve staff retention as part of the process. Involving staff in a business – asking for their ideas and input – is always mentioned in the numerous white papers, guides and blogs on staff retention. Now it’s time to apply this thinking to your new office design.

Getting your workforce onboard when planning an office fit out is a win-win situation. MPL Interiors can help you plan a staff engagement programme and process their feedback so it helps shape your new workplace in a meaningful way – prompting staff to take pride in their office and provide them with a sense of ownership. To get you started, you might like to ask your staff about:-

  • Natural and artificial light
  • Office desk positions
  • Comfort levels, including heat and office chairs
  • Communal areas
  • Private areas
  • Casual versus formal meeting spaces
  • Colour schemes, themes and decor
  • Position of equipment, data provisions and power sources
  • Storage

Don’t forget, a vibrant, engaging office gets people talking in the employment sector, helping not only to retain staff but to attract new talent as well. Contact us today.