Staff Turnover: How Buildings Can Help to Retain Top Talent

By: Phil Whitehouse

How do you retain your top talent? What impact does your business premises have on your staff turnover? It must all be about the benefits, perks, and bonuses, right? Those things are of course important, however, if you start looking beyond the surface then you see how your building and the way it is managed can actually help you address many of the aspects of contentment and well-being of your staff. In today’s competitive environment where numerous business owners are struggling to retain their top talent, we have identified seven aspects of working life that you should consider. Beyond that, we will show you how your building can help you achieve workplace satisfaction and retain your best workers.

Appreciate Your Staff

In order for your employees to really feel appreciated, your business needs to be able to think beyond a fancy Christmas party and bonus packages. All of us have heard of the sick building syndrome, and that a building’s air quality can impact its inhabitants’ well-being. You can foster feelings of appreciation by providing a clean, well-maintained and high-quality workspace. You don’t just achieve is through having the most high-tech air conditioning system and other infrastructure, but by also ensuring that you have a well-managed and regularly maintained environment.

Embrace the Talent of Your Employees

How many times do you hear colleagues or employees complaining “it’s too hot/too cold to work!” When you provide a pleasant working environment which enables your staff to accomplish their goals and work at their highest ability begins with something as basic as making sure that your working environment remains constant and comfortable. Only then other factors sucha as corporate training and development must be considered.

Keep Communication Open

Your organisation should aim to have a working culture that allows your staff at every level to be able to express their views and listen to them. The most basic level, improved acoustics plays a part by providing a workspace that is up to 67% more accurate.

Develop a Culture of Fairness

Consider your workspace’s layout. It can help to foster feelings of ownership for an area. For example, make sure all employees feel free to make use of your meeting rooms or develop an office flow that prevents division in between departments. This all helps to establish a comfortable working space.

Achieve a Life/Work Balance

There are numerous ways that you can work towards this important goal. Also, more than other goals, it is very flexible and subjective. Wellness and health can be incorporated into the work day when it is allowed by the building. For example, communal spaces can be used for social and health events, or secure cycle parking can be installed as part of the capability of your building.

Provide Clear Expectations

Don’t keep moving the goalposts on your staff. The workspace structure of your building can help by offering the opportunity for workers to have the privacy and quiet space they need to meet the expectations that you have laid out. So whether it’s installing quiet zones or opening small areas up for private working, there are many opportunities that can be offered by your building to help increase working privacy and balanced workspace for staff.

Develop Your Workers

In order to provide your employees with opportunities to develop, it goes beyond just booking them into some stuffy course. Your building’s lighting and having access to daylight can have a decisive impact on whether or not employees feel able to take on their developmental goals and feel focused.

When it comes to unwanted staff turnover, there isn’t one single solution. Companies should tailor their retention efforts to the individual motivations of specific employees. There is one thing that does remain constant: providing a well-managed and high-quality working environment that allows staff to work productively and comfortably will help to create an environment that helps you retain staff. If workplace dissatisfaction occurs, it can work to undermine employees engagement. Therefore have your high-quality working environment has been established, it is critical to ensure that you have professional property managers making sure it is well-managed and well-maintained.

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