Creating the coolest of workplaces for top tech talent

You’re part of a cutting edge industry that not only looks to the future, but helps to create it too. It  therefore follows that if you want to attract, engage, motivate and retain the best talent the tech industry has to offer, you need to consider something a little more ‘concrete’ than management style alone.

Our physical working environment has a lot to answer for: it can inspire us, or drain us; spark our creativity, or dim the light; excite us, or leave us running for the door. So why are businesses more likely to invest in boosting benefits than funking up their workspace?

Times are changing

With the rising popularity of remote and at-home working, more and more people expect their professional environment to work for them – especially those in high demand. And with skills shortages in the tech sector continuing to linger, employers would do well to take note.

Anything that gets the creative juices flowing is a good move in our book (and presumably yours, too), but we’d suggest paying mind to the following in particular: 

  • Let there be light: Let’s face it, nobody wants to work in the dark. People, like plants, thrive on sunlight, so if your office has large windows, arrange your desks in a way that makes the most of the natural light. If you’re not blessed with floor-to-ceiling windows, you need to think carefully about your chosen lighting: strip lights can be overly harsh and lead to headaches and fatigue, which is a definite thorn in the side of productivity.  
  • Spark imagination: Google is renowned for its forward-thinking offices, and one of its most popular (and fruitful) initiatives comes in the form of a wall − dedicated entirely to off-the-cuff notions and ideas. Creativity can strike at any time, and its employees can scribble away on the wall at their leisure. So, how about following in the internet giant’s footsteps and painting one of your walls with chalkboard paint; or at the very least, popping up white boards around the office to give your workers free reign. 
  • Facilitate collaboration: There’s little point in building a techy team of highly skilled pros if you never give them a chance to really work together. Sure, they might be feeding into the same project, but if you want to engender a true sense of camaraderie, culture and teamsmanship, you need to create an informal environment where your employees can bounce ideas off one another. And that’s where the creative break-out room comes in: whether you fill it with bean bags and modern art, or create a supercool library-style space, getting this area right can do wonders for productivity and morale. 

Whether your budget is big or small, there are plenty of ways to create an environment that people will actually want to work in. Even hiring someone to perform a deep clean, popping posters about the place, or adorning desks with brain teasers (like the age-old Rubik’s Cube) will go a long way towards reimagining your work space.

For more ideas on talent attraction or retention in the competitive IT industry, get in touch with us today.

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