With the list of great employers and job mobility increasing, amenities are taking center stage as a way to lure employees in. Gone are the days of simply going to the office to sit at a desk - employees want more. Collaborative spaces, break rooms, flexible work spaces, and even game rooms are becoming some of the most sought-after amenities when people are deciding to work for a company. Which workplace amenities provide the greatest performance boost, though?
Which Amenities Perform Best?
Gensler recently released their 2019 U.S. Workplace Survey, which represents the input of more than 6,000 office workers across a variety of industries and demographics. Gensler analyzed how each amenity corresponds with a better environment and a better experience. Since amenities are investments, amenities and alternate workspaces that provided the greatest performance boost were prioritized.
The study found that the amenities that connect directly to people’s work-related needs deliver the greatest impact. Amenities such as lounges and break rooms provided the smallest performance gains.
While this isn’t ground-breaking news, there is something to say for those non-work focused amenities. Half of all employees say that their working environment has a negative effect on their mental health and well-being. Two-third of employees that they rarely feel valued.
Many employees state that increasing workloads, followed by a lack of time to focus on well-being and exercise are the leading causes of stress. When your employees are too stressed to focus there is a noticeable decrease in performance.
So What Can Be Done?
At Rosetti Properties, we offer over 45,000 square feet of commercial and retail space in Albany County. Our commercial buildings are “A” rated and offices can be altered or built to fit the needs of your business and your employees.
With this in mind, these are a few recommendations so you can boost performance while also helping your employees manage their stress.
Fitness Center – A fitness center doesn’t have to be large to be effective. A couple treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and yoga mats will allow employees to stretch their legs on their lunch break or get some exercise in after work.
Quiet Spaces – When designing your office, make sure you designate a few rooms as quiet spaces. People will appreciate having an area to go to make phone calls or focus on their work without any outside distractions.
Collaborative Spaces - Just like people need quiet spaces, they also need areas where they can work together. Put white boards, a big table, couches, and computers in these areas so teams have everything they need to work on their project.
Outdoor Workspaces – Many people say that they ability to get outside during the day lifts their mood and increases productivity. If space allows, create an area outdoors with tables and umbrellas so people can get some fresh air,
Ready to get started on creating an amenity filled office? Contact us today!