Whether you believe it is growth in the U.S economy, resurgence in science and industry in the U.S. or a dwindling workforce of baby boomers exiting that is driving demand, the importance of finding and keeping talent is growing. For NxtWall there is a deluge of reasons why our growth is spurring a need for more dealers and manufacturers representatives in the demountable wall industry. Instead of getting caught up on the why we’re working with organizations determining the how – how to attract talent that will stay.
Businesses are looking for critical thinkers and problem solvers with communication skills, creativity and flexibility.
Where they work, the structures, the environment, the location, weighs in much more to current job candidates then ever before. Is the space filled with office dividers that look like cubicle farms or is there natural light filling a collaborative work space bustling with creative energy? When job candidates of today are determining employment duties of the job, annual salary, and vacation time are not the only factors considered in the decision making process. Candidates are looking at the entire corporate landscape and corporations are scrambling to secure this quality talent.
One of the first impressions a job candidate will have is the appearance of the prospective workplace. Segmented spaces with office dividers and solid walls or wall partitions can depict a culture of reclusiveness. Because the office is still where most employees spend the bulk of their work day, designing a workspace that integrates work life and personal life is attractive, especially to recent college graduates. Restructuring existing office spaces by removing old fabric office dividers and replacing them with full pane glass partitions is one way to add a feeling of transparency and open communication to a corporate setting. Incorporating collaborative spaces, employee wellness and relaxation rooms, outdoor workspaces, exercise rooms and bright welcoming reception areas are more trends we are seeing today.
We believe a building and an interior space can emote a feeling.
Re-examining the workplace to reflect a comfortable, inviting, and idea nurturing space has opened up a multitude of new employee perks to attract young and talented workers. Tearing down the office dividers and designing offices, classrooms and workspaces using unique materials like wave panels, whiteboard walls, stained glass or etched metal quickly transforms the buttoned up and dated feel old school office dividers to an energetic and welcoming space.
Does every office need a wellness room with a sauna, massage table and yoga mat? It depends solely on the philosophy and business culture of your corporation. A progressive office environment must be dynamic and flexible for some this may be interpreted as sustainable materials specified for each project or all brainstorming meetings are held in the employee sauna. It all depends on what you determine is important. The design and build out of new spaces can allow for creative thinking and invite a cultural shift in perception for an optimal workplace employees look forward to going to. Small or large businesses must break down the old school office dividers design to encourage more office connections.