Using Science to Design Office Spaces that Attract and Retain Top Employees

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 PM ET

Diane Coles Levine

Principal at Workplace Management Solutions and Chair - IFMA Foundation

Winning the battle for talent is one of the biggest hurdles senior leaders are facing. In the ever-increasing competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees, companies are looking to more holistic strategies to gain the advantage. For organizations intent on attracting and retaining the best talent, the office environment is a key aspect to promoting a culture of engagement, innovation and high performance.

A recent Harvard Business Review article noted that collective experience and research indicates that an optimal physical environment can serve as a foundation for an effective workforce. One way companies can find and keep top talent is by using evidence-based design research. Applying research to design the workplace demonstrates innovation and shows employees their preferences are valued. This has positive implications on the quality of life of workers, too.   Designing with science allows the workplace to support employee activities and helps them to be more engaged, productive and perform higher quality work.

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