Recruiting Staff? How Your Office Can Help
If youΓÇÖre planning a recruitment drive, then it could well be time to look around and give some attention to your office too.
Evaluate your talent pool
If youΓÇÖve been finding it tricky to recruit people with the skills and experience you need then it could be time to re-evaluate how your office location might be impacting on the talent pool you have access to. Are there good public transport links or are you limited to drivers (and car owners) only? Would relocating to a more fashionable or vibrant area attract more high-calibre applicants?
Most importantly, is there a location which will bring you closer to a wider (or better qualified) talent pool without alienating your existing staff?
What does your office say about your company?
When it comes to recruiting the right staff, thereΓÇÖs plenty of talk about ensuring you have the right ΓÇ£fitΓÇ¥ ΓÇô someone whoΓÇÖll work well within the dynamic of your team and be in tune with the values of the company. In reality this is one of the most difficult aspects of recruitment. Short of using a crystal ball, how do you know whether a person youΓÇÖve met for just one or two hours will fit in with the rest of your team?
Maybe your office can help you out. If youΓÇÖve got it right and your office is a good reflection of your company values and ethos, then a short tour of the premises should be a good indicator for applicants as to whether theyΓÇÖll fit in ΓÇô or not.
Do you need a Ping-Pong table?
Maybe you need a slide instead? Or perhaps a rooftop running track? Your office environment will play a key role in ensuring that your business appeals to the kind of workers ΓÇô in terms of skills, experience and personal qualities ΓÇô you want to recruit.
Take Gen Z: Thanks to the many images of cool offices like Google, Innocent and Lego across the internet, the newest generation of employees are particularly image-conscious when it comes to working environment. On the other hand, those with several decades of experience working for large corporations may be a little put off by a helter-skelter slide and may think that you donΓÇÖt take your work as a company seriously.
Location, location, retention
Recruitment is a chore. From sifting through endless CVs to scheduling interviews with no-show applicants ΓÇô once youΓÇÖve finally got a good team together, itΓÇÖs no wonder you want to keep hold of them.
But while swirling slides and Ping-Pong tables might be appealing to some, what office workers really want is to get home as quickly and with as little hassle as possible at the end of the workday. As a study by the BCO found, itΓÇÖs the top reason for staff retention.
After all, while many workers will be happy to do that long commute when theyΓÇÖre fresh to the company and filled with enthusiasm, itΓÇÖs likely to be another story two or three years down the line when those extra two hours every day start to take their toll. Only the most dedicated (or best remunerated employees) are likely to stick it out at this point. So choose a location thatΓÇÖll minimise the commute for as many of your current and potential employees as possible.
What do you think is the most important aspect of the office when it comes to recruiting staff?