How to Create a Tech-Friendly Office Space

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-01-2014 Email

We've often written about the extensive efforts—usually involving compensation, benefits and career-advancement opportunities—that CIOs and other organizational managers are making to recruit and retain in-demand tech talent. But how much thought have you put into the actual physical environment of your offices? Sure, you may not consider workplace décor among your core strengths. However, it doesn't take a genius to figure out what today's employees seek: A more inviting, engaging layout along with various cool touches to reflect their distinct and often collaborative culture. For how-to guidance, we've compiled the following recommendations from a number of office environment authorities, including Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and MyTurnstone. "Attracting and retaining top talent is an all-hands-on-deck battle requiring collaboration from every member of a technology firm's leadership," says Greg Matter, JLL vice president and leader of the firm's national high technology brokerage group. "The environment where companies house their employees used to be a real-estate decision. But now there are new executive constituents influencing a company's use of real estate including IT, HR [and] procurement." For more about JLL's suggestions, click here. For more about MyTurnstone's, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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