Disengaged Employees? Your Office Space Might be to Blame
In today’s business environment, no company can afford a high turnover rate. With a tight labor market and competition for talent at an all-time-high, employee retention has become a mission-critical goal. Of course, the only way to retain employees is to keep them happy, and that’s where employee engagement comes in.
These days, much of the attention paid to employee engagement centers around perks, compensation, and recognition programs. That makes sense, as those are all valid avenues within which to promote engagement. Oddly, though, there’s one part of the employee engagement picture that goes almost totally unnoticed – and it can play a decisive role in the success or failure of all other employee engagement efforts – the suitability of the business’s office space.
The Power of Environment
If you’ve ever worked in a modern office environment, there’s a good chance that you’ve been in what’s called an “open floor plan” design. The business love affair with such designs goes back to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson headquarters, which is considered to be a triumph of office design. Unfortunately, designers that attempted to emulate the layout in the intervening years have run into a problem – cost.
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Philip Piletic, Customer Think