June 29, 2017 / By Donna Reist, Corporate Marketing

Creating Space that Attracts and Retains Talent

Congratulations to London Computer Systems (LCS) who moved into their new 78,000 SF world headquarters one year ago! Does their new space attract the caliber of employees they need? Are their Associates happy with their new environment? The answer is a resounding “yes”. How did they do it? The design and construction team had to do their homework.

For most companies, including LCS, workforce demographics are changing. As baby boomers retire, the workforce is increasingly dominated by Millennials. In fact, more than one-third of workers in the U.S. are between the ages of 19 to 35, already surpassing the number of Gen-X workers. How do you keep these notoriously choosy millennial workers happy? Part of the answer boils down to the workspace itself.

You don’t have to look far to see what attracts kudos in work environments. Tech companies like Google, Dropbox, and Facebook have made a name for their hip, fun workspaces, designed specifically to appeal to millennials. While not every company needs—or even wants—to install tube slides for fun-loving employees, your facility is a reflection of your business, with the power to engage customers and inspire current and future employees.

What Do Prospective and Current Employees Want?

As digital natives, prospective millennial employees turn to their go-to devices to learn more about potential employers. In addition to checking out your website and Glassdoor ratings, they will peruse your social channels—Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook—to scout out pictures and details on employee, community and charitable events to gain insights into workplace culture. When candidates finally walk into your building for an interview, your workspace should reflect your brand—and make a strong, positive impression. Companies also need to consider the influence of the work environment on employee retention. The company loyalty that was a hallmark of baby boomer workers has waned in both Gen-X and millennial generations as they seek out more collaborative work environments and better work-life balance. After conducting a survey of 7,700 millennial employees in 29 countries, Deloitte found that 66 percent of millennials planned to leave their current employer within the next three years in search of a better working environment.

Translating New Expectations into New Spaces

So when Cincinnati-based LCS outgrew its old space and began planning for its new headquarters, executives knew they wanted a world-class facility to attract and retain the talent they required. “Our goal was to create a high-tech atmosphere that reflects the work we do every day,” explains Dave Hegemann, President, and CEO. “By incorporating bright accent walls, an open floor plan and plenty of natural light, we worked to eliminate the standard boxy office feel and created a place where people enjoy coming to work.” LCS engaged Cushman-Wakefield to help them find a new campus-like environment similar to those found in Silicon Valley. Together with Wentz Design and Miller-Valentine Construction, the team collaborated and built a new facility that features a bright and airy central atrium “hub,” with numerous interconnected areas. It worked out perfectly. London Computer Systems is only one example of a business whose building design is a critical part of their business strategy. Now, more than ever, your office environment could help you attract and keep the talented people who will take your business to the next level.

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For additional information about Miller-Valentine Construction, contact Chris Knueven at 513.774.8400