Creating an attractive office environment can help you recruit and retain staff


19-04-2017

Deciding to fit out or re-vamp your office is important for a number of reasons, including creating a good first impression with potential clients. But have you also considered that it could help with recruiting and retaining staff, particularly in a city such as Cambridge where there is fierce competition for candidates? says Eve Waldron Design.

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According to a recent Leesman Review, the largest independent database of workplace effectiveness from 60 countries, 85% of employees feel that the design of their workplace is important to them.

Studies also show that a pleasant working environment is conducive to productivity and wellbeing and so it is imperative to attract and retain staff in Cambridge where the employment rate is extremely high at 83.4% and there is a recognized shortage of technical and managerial staff. 

Employees can be in a strong position to change companies or careers, so creating a workspace that stands out from the competition can play a significant part in keeping them happy. 

Strategic decisions

Getting professional help at an early stage is crucial so that strategic decisions can be made. With appropriate space planning and forethought, you can not only create an exciting environment for now – but also for the future when your business expands and you need to accommodate larger numbers of staff. Cambridge has seen compound growth of 97% over the last ten years and it continues to be a fertile city for development but local constraints include a shortage of suitable workspace. 

However by investing at the outset in professional space planning, you can future-proof your offices and also avoid the upheaval and expense of having to move as you grow. With sound advice, you can also be sure to be investing in the right size of office, taking into account the requirements of part-time and flexible workers.

Added value

We are used to working with clients to develop their brief and then liaising directly with their department heads and stakeholders to make the process inclusive and enjoyable. If staff are involved at the outset, the challenge of implementing change can be smooth. 

Hiring a professional team is a worthwhile investment. It takes away the time and stress of project managing a major refurbishment, so you can focus on what you do best – running your business. As we do this day in and day out, we can help you avoid the inevitable pitfalls of abortive mistakes. Our team can deal directly with manufacturers and suppliers, and through extensive knowledge of the market, can recommend the best products and finishes for your project. We have considerable knowledge of the furniture market too and can secure a better deal for you and recommend brands which are robust and fit for purpose. 

Inspired suggestions

Clients welcome our input – we listen carefully to the brief and make intelligent and inspired recommendations – putting together a full package for tender and then managing the construction team on site if required. This careful process ensures your projects comes out as planned so you can be sure you get the best design possible and also what you have paid for. 

A professional looking workplace is not only a good reflection of your brand, but makes a clear message to both clients and employees – that they are important to you. In a competitive recruitment market, this can give your business the competitive edge. 

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Call 01223 470 370 to discuss your project and arrange a free consultation or take a look at other projects and products by visiting the website www.evewaldron.com

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Eve Waldron Design is a workplace and educational design practice, as well as a furniture consultancy - sourcing and supplying commercial furniture. Founded in 2000, the practice has won numerous design awards. They support sustainable, practical design dedicated to improving the spaces we work in. Good design is people centric, and improves wellbeing while adding value to businesses and improving their productivity. Good design starts with great space planning, and we can add value with our early involvement.

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