By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL
Incredible, innovative and intelligent workspaces exist in our own Midwest backyard. Fast Company highlighted the recently renovated and re-designed Quicken Loans office in downtown Detroit, for example.
The physical workspace is an indisputable factor in employee satisfaction and production. A strategic office space can drive cost reduction, attract and retain talent, and fuel employee engagement. It’s the backbone of any business, and the home-base for big decisions and milestones.
That’s why JLL’s regional team decided to conduct a survey to learn more about what businesses in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania prefer when it comes to office space.
Pinpointing Trends: Open vs. Closed Office Space
Do cubicles accelerate actual production of work, or do they limit creativity? Does real estate even matter when professionals are job searching? These are the types of questions we asked local professionals. We weren’t surprised that 80 percent said their dream office would include a good mix of open and closed space.
A few other trends uncovered include:
- Fifty-one percent of respondents work within a mix of open and closed space, and another 36 percent work in a traditional office.
- Thirty-five percent said open, collaborative office space hinders individual productivity. But, 16 percent said it fuels productivity.
- When considering a new employer, real estate is a factor in 70 percent of respondents’ decision-making process.
The future of your business will be influenced by your space, but remember that there is no universal rule for the perfect space. Every business should observe its particular work styles, and build in amenities and features that cater to those preferences.