5 Office Building Selection Criteria for a High Performance Team
There is no question that projected occupancy costs are a primary factor in building selection for office tenants. Companies will only select buildings that fit within their projected operating budget and have the required volume of office space to meet their needs. However, today companies are paying closer attention to how office space and real estate impacts the performance and productivity of their workforce. As a result, companies are placing an increasing emphasis on additional factors beyond the economics and the availability of space when selecting an office building.
The choice of building is increasingly important for staff considerations. The quality of your building and office space is an important factor for both recruitment and retaining quality employees. Today in order to insure a high performance workplace it is critical that building selection is aligned with Human Resource strategies. The building and your office space portrays the image that reflects your organization both to your employees and your customers. When a customer enters your premises, your office space is the first impression they have of the culture of your organization.
Whether you choose a CBD or Suburban location, access is a key issue in making the proper building selection. The reality is, at the end of the day people are time poor and the ability for your employees to get to your building as quickly and as efficiently as possible is an important productivity factor. Choosing a location is primarily a workforce and customer demographic driven decision, but selecting a particular building with good access to freeways and public transportation, as well as a convenient parking garage is important for a productive workforce.
Today office tenants are placing a higher priority on being close to retail amenities whether they are actually located in the building, complex or very nearby. This includes both restaurants and service retail such as banking and postal services. The ability to access these amenities without getting in your car is considered a significant boost to productivity.
Building Systems & Design
The more comfortable people are in their workspace, the more productive they will be. The number one complaint most tenants have about their space is related to temperature issues. Selecting a new or renovated building with the proper HVAC systems, and the ability to maintain a comfortable workspace makes for a more productive staff. Also important is natural light. Selecting a building that is well designed and allows for a space plan that maximizes natural light has shown to improve productivity according to numerous studies. In fact, the California Energy Commission issued a report on the relationship between windows and office worker performance that concludes that basic design choices such as more natural light, more windows and better ventilation can dramatically effect worker alertness, productivity and performance.
The corporate space user is increasing their focus on sustainability as a means to reduce occupancy and operational costs as well as their commitment to be good stewards of the environment. There is a growing desire among corporate leaders to achieve environmental sustainability through LEEDS certified design principles, effective energy management and building efficiency. We are increasingly hear our clients tell us they only want to consider buildings that are LEED certified as sustainability moves from niche to normal. Today, a green design is a key factor in recruiting talented employees particularly Millenials, and GenX-ers who embrace sustainable thinking.