It's Not a Workplace, It's a Work Place: Using the Physical Workspace to Attract and Retain Top Talent

It's Not a Workplace, It's a Work Place: Using the Physical Workspace to Attract and Retain Top Talent


March 2013

Today?s workplaces are facing an unprecedented challenge. For the first time in modern history, there are now four generations in the workplace, with 20-somethings working alongside 60-somethings. At the same time, the 76-million-strong baby boomer generation is starting to retire, and there are far fewer knowledge workers in Generations X and Y coming up to replace them, making it more critical than ever that organizations attract ? and retain ? top talent. While compensation, location and many other elements affect recruitment and retention, there is one key tool that is often overlooked: the physical workspace. Research has shown that the workplace environment accounts for up to 25 percent of job satisfaction, and it can affect employee performance by as much as five percent for individuals and 11 percent for teams. To successfully attract and retain top talent, organizations need to consider their office environments as more than just a set of desks and chairs ? they should use their physical workplace as an integral tool that will help them recruit and retain the best talent and create spaces that will appeal to the multiple generations in today?s work force.

Keywords: Leader, Workplace, Generations, Talent, Generation X, Generation Y, Baby Boomer, Traditionalist

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