According to research by Mindspace last year, 21% of 18-24 years olds have turned down a job offer because of the design of the employer’s offices and/or lack of amenities.
So what’s wrong with the traditional office? Why would anyone be so put off by superficial design and what exactly are these missing amenities? After all, surely an office is a place to work – and amenities are just a distraction from concentration and productivity.
If this is your reaction and you are currently recruiting, you need a total rewire of your perception not just about modern office design, but of what purpose the office actually serves in 2019 and why redesigning the office as a workplace is one of the best motivational investments an organisation can make.
In the traditional office, hierarchy is strongly reinforced by how the space is laid out: management grades have offices around the perimeter and all other ranks sit in row after row of desks in anonymous open plan space. Offices look broadly the same with pale colour schemes and the odd pop of bright colours on statement furniture pieces in branded reception areas. The overall impression is of supervised control.