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When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.



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Four Ways Office Design Can Increase Employee Retention

by Alexis Bailey

Good design has a significant impact on the success of a company's office operations. It can also make the office more appealing to employees and affect employee satisfaction on the job. This in turn can affect how long employees stay with a particular company.

Employee retention is a key to success at any company. The longer employees stay, the more skilled they will become at their jobs and the more efficient they will become at getting work done. 

The following are four ways that office design can help to increase employee retention:

Making work tasks easier

When plans are made for office construction, it's important to consider the job tasks that will be performed at the facility.

Care should be taken to shorten the distances workers need to walk and to decrease the likelihood of traffic jams in heavy traffic areas. Thought should be put into where common equipment like printers and copies are placed so that all employees have easy access to this equipment if they need to use it as a regular part of their job duties. 

Promoting a strong social fabric

Employees are more likely to stay at a job if they have friends there and if there is a sense of community around the office. Office design should aim for high productivity while also making it easy for employees to collaborate and work together when necessary. 

Cubicle design should allow employees to see each other so that they can converse when necessary and sit together at the same desk. 

Offering some relief

Too many companies focus on the design of spaces where work takes place and neglect the breakroom and recreational facilities offered by their office spaces. Special employee perks around the office will certainly increase employee satisfaction and keep employees hanging around.  

The most successful companies nowadays are known for going out of their way to ensure that workers have ample opportunities for entertainment at the office. For example, Google offers a library and aquarium at its Zurich office

Increasing comfort

Anyone who has ever held down a full-time job knows that getting through an eight hour workday is demanding. Yet little tweaks around the office can minimize the physical strain of a day at the office.

Desk space design is especially important when it comes to employee comfort. Ergonomically-designed chairs and desk equipment like wrist supports that makes computer use easier will prevent back strain and other signs of fatigue at the end of the day. Also, computer monitors should be optimally placed--slightly below eye level--to minimize neck and shoulder strain experienced by employees doing computer work.