How Office Design Increases Employee Retention

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how-office-design-increases-employee-retention.jpgAs reported by HiringSmart.com, the costs of turnover aren’t just excessive: they’re shocking, and for some businesses, dangerously destabilizing.

For example, turn turnover costs for an $80,000/year manager can range from $70,000 to $200,000. And it’s not just executives that organizations literally cannot afford to lose. The cost of losing an $8/hour employee can be as high as $24,000 when everything is taken into account (e.g. lost productivity, advertising, recruiting, training, etc.).

Given these daunting figures, it’s essential for businesses of all sizes – from startups to enterprises – to find ways to keep their talented people on the roster vs. heading for greener pastures elsewhere. And perhaps surprisingly, one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to do this is through strategic office design.

Below, we highlight the 4 key ways that office design increases employee retention:

  1. Office Design Fosters Loyalty

Employees who feel an authentic sense of attachment to their team and organization are MUCH more likely to stick around; especially when things become stressful or when problems emerge. Employers that design their office so that it’s visibly “employee friendly” go a long way towards fostering loyalty. Even better, employees can be involved in the office design process itself, which boosts engagement to an even higher level.

  1. Office Design Promotes Efficiency

Employees who are forced to meet in inconvenient or uncomfortable spaces – like the lunchroom, the lobby or even the parking lot – are naturally going to be less efficient than those who have defined, suitable spaces to connect and collaborate. The same holds true for employees who not co-located (or situated nearby) individuals and teams who they must consult with on a regular basis. Office design can go along way towards promoting – or in the examples above, impeding – efficiency, and ultimately, employee productivity, performance and satisfaction.

  1. Office Design Supports Wellness and Health

An office design that maximizes natural light (while not forcing employees to wear sun tan lotion and sunglasses!) can promote employee wellness and health, which it goes without saying are highly important; not just for retention, but for reducing absenteeism and sick leave. In the same way, office design that makes energy use efficient – so that some areas of the office aren’t boiling while others are freezing – aligns with these important goals.

Learn More

To learn more about how office design can help your business improve retention rates, lower the staggering costs of turnover, and achieve many other bottom-line business benefits, contact Key Interiors today.

Whether you are considering a relatively small refresh or a rather significant re-invention, we will work with your leaders and employees to bring to life an ideal, practical and affordable office design solution!

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