Nowadays, many companies redesign their workspaces to stand out, to create a more balanced environment, to exhibit their brand, values and personalities.
In the last 10 years, employees have admitted that their relationship with work and their workspace have changed.
According to recent studies, only a small percentage of employees have a positive opinion of their workspace and the percentage gets even smaller when it comes to millenials.
Therefore, companies must adapt to meet the needs of this younger generation. That is why these companies are redesigning their workspace in the hopes of attracting and retaining young talents.
Wondering how to design a positive workspace in order to retain young talents?
Benefits of redesigning the workspace
Workspace relates to the physical environment at work and can affect our life, mood, mental and physical well-being. It also involves workers safety, quality of work and of life.
Improving the workspace has considerable benefits for employees. Indeed, employees are healthier, more fulfilled, more engaged and more productive. Indeed, the well-being generated by a positive workspace leads to positive emotions, builds greater relationships, and fosters a sense of purpose.
For organization, a positive workspace drives better customer service, decreases absenteeism, saves time and money on the long-term.
Roadmap to creating the perfect workspace
There are no real roadmap to creating the perfect workspace but there are several criteria that come up when employees talk about improving their workspace.
To grade a workspace, employees take into account their working conditions, their working methods, their ability to focus, their level of productivity, and their creativity.
Building a healthy and innovative workspace
For the most part, companies have considered the following criteria to attract and retain young talents:
1. The startup mentality
Companies can start by updating the apparence of their building, opening up their workspace and creating a startup mentality.
Truthfully, most millennial don’t want to work in traditional workspaces anymore and prefer startups.
2. The healthy work-life balance
Organizations ought to create a healthy work-life balance.
Employees are best able to perform professionally when their personal life is in order. Companies must find a equilibrium between employees well-being and their productivity at work.
3. The use of external services
Integrating innovative and ethical services is a way fro companies to retain talents.
For example, some companies pay for cleaning services, tend to go green, monitor their energetical expenses daily, regularly test for ventilation and air quality. Others offer work out sessions and relaxation rooms.
4. The use of innovative and ergonomic equipment
Incorporating innovative and ergonomic equipment to prevent physical strain, pain and exhaustion increases employees engagement and value.
Most employees stay in a sitted position at their desk for hours at a time and don’t partake in physical activities.
Some workplaces are so sophisticated that they have installed sit-to-stand desk and different activities during working hours.
5. The minimization of paperwork and bureaucracy
Companies are able to retain their talents by allowing paperless procedures and reducing bureaucracy, by proposing communication apps, digital platforms for online training and for better communication.
On one hand, employees gain time and increase their efficiency.
On the other hand, companies become technologically savvy, agile and react more efficiently.
6. Learning and development opportunities
Providing training, learning and development opportunities says that your workspace values your employees skills and that it is geared towards innovation and learning.
Training stimulates the mind and opens it up to new and interesting ways of thinking and implementing their task.
Furthermore, training and development activities are an investment and are also the best place to introduce stress relief and stress management in the workplace.
7. The company culture
Hiring talents who will fit in the company culture is benefitial to the workspace.
Besides being competent for a given role, employees who fit into the culture tend to be more positive, perform at the best and treat customer and colleagues better.
8. The positioning of employees
Having employees work according to their strengths and weaknesses can only boost the general workspace.
Positive workspaces are constructed when employees are able to focus on tasks that interest them, are challenging and that utilize their strengths.
9. The inclusion of diversity
Diversity encourages communication, critical thinking, decision making, innovative ideas and personal growth.
Promoting effective leadership is a sure way to support human basic needs and to promote healthy company culture.
Last Words Of Advice!
Research demonstrates that creating a healthy workspace, keeping employees happy and healthy increases the organization bottom-line and creates a more positive office culture.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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