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UK firms should open their offices to get best graduate recruits
Thursday, 05 July 2007
Life after graduation
UK companies looking to attract the best graduate recruits as the summer job-hunting season gets underway should carefully consider the layout of their offices, a new study has found.
Research by MWB Business Exchange and YouGov looked into the impact and availability of more open spaces and 'break out' areas in offices, where employees could better seek inspiration and develop ideas away from their desks.
Just six per cent of those questioned said their companies had any such facilities, yet a substantial 21 per cent of respondents to the survey said these factors did influence their choice of employer. Graduate recruits figure highly in those stats, with the vast majority of those who valued more creative spaces coming from the 18-24 and 25-34 age brackets.
"These figures show that break out areas are crucial and that not enough offices are dedicating space in which employees can seek inspiration and brainstorm ideas, effectively hindering the creativity and effectiveness of staff and with that, the business in its entirety," commented John Spencer, chief executive of MWB Exchange.
"The lack of such areas is also potentially preventing companies from attracting the cream of young talent, especially when younger jobseekers place such an onus on whether businesses have break out areas or not," added Mr Spencer.
A number of younger companies, especially up-and-coming IT and internet-based firms, have placed a high value on the importance of more relaxed office areas to improve employee morale and increase overall levels of productivity.