Can it really make a difference?
A well-designed office environment can be a powerful asset in attracting new talent to a company – a factor that is becoming increasingly important to National Grid at a time when the engineering industry faces a perfect storm. Some of the UK’s most experienced engineers are nearing retirement while there are insufficient numbers entering the profession to meet industry demand. On top of that, with many companies now able to lift recruitment freezes and start hiring again owing to an improved economic environment, competition to hire the best graduates is fierce.
Now is the time for companies to look at their staff investment strategies to help promote a happy workplace that fosters staff loyalty and increased productivity. At National Grid an important aspect of this is to create an office space that reflects the culture and values of our organisation so that current employees feel proud to work here and future generations are inspired to be associated with our company.
Many employers are also experiencing a shift in the attitudes of the workforce, which is an important point to keep in mind when approaching any office redesign. There’s a growing need for a range of flexible spaces to suit different styles of working. Employees across different industries and sectors increasingly see it as important to have the ability to make choices about how they work in their workplace. A ‘one size fits all’ attitude to office space will no longer do.