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Keep talent (and attract even more) through smart workplace design

Chris Jimenez - Thursday, December 07, 2017


Good salary? Sure. Health insurance, 401(k), some vacation days? Always nice to have.


How about a short commute and a vending machine with plenty of Cool Ranch Doritos? Sign me up.


But as important as all of these factors are to job satisfaction, it turns out that workplace design – the form and function of the physical space where you do your daily work – ranks close to the top for today’s employees and job-seekers. And smart companies are finally beginning to take note.


Although they’re far from extinct, I think we can all agree that the fluorescent wastelands and cubicle farms of decades past are as productivity-inhibiting as they are soul-sucking. Progressive business owners and executives are realizing the correlation between an attractive, functional, adaptable space and employee satisfaction.


A recent study from Hassel backed this up, showing that while salary is still the top driver for the attractiveness of a job at 45 percent, workplace culture (32 percent) and facilities (16 percent) round out the top three. And I can attest firsthand that workplace aesthetics can immediately impact the perception of potential talent; essentially, your company is immediately judged good or bad based on what candidates see around them at the interview.

Cultivate your culture


This does not mean companies should design just for the sake of design, but rather your workplace should reflect who you are as a company, and possibly who you want to become. The power comes from the ability to transform your space from a collection of walls and windows where work is done into an environment that’s a true expression of that work.


Clockwork recently worked with Scott Long Construction in the Washington, D.C., area to design a new headquarters for this 55-year-old, second-generation company. Previously working in a dim and segregated building, the company wanted a more collaborative environment with plenty of mixed-use spaces and areas to get together as a team. We incorporated raw materials found in construction and merged them with modern elements to create a design unique to their brand. And while the company had traditionally been modest, the new direction incorporated large splashes of color that not only paints a new company direction but invigorates employees and candidates alike.


John Scott, president and CEO, said he’s pleased by the impression it makes on clients as well as current and potential new employees.


“Employee development is a big focus for us, and Clockwork helped us choose how and where people would sit, the artwork in the space, how workspaces are oriented—all to facilitate better relationships among staff,” he said. “It truly transformed who we are.”

Adapt to accommodate


While I feel like I’m always reading another story about the impact of Millennials in the work force, the reality is most companies have a very diverse mix of ages and work styles all under one roof. Your workplace design should reflect this diversity and have the ability to cater to everyone. While Millennials, generally speaking, may crave more open work areas, one study showed the 45 to 54 age group ranked privacy as their top driver of productivity—which means adding some private work areas to balance your collaboration areas.


This kind of variety can be beneficial: A study by Steelcase found that when employees feel like they have more control in their work setting, they’re more engaged:


“The most highly engaged employees have greater flexibility … can move around the office easily, change postures and choose where they want to work in the office based on the tasks they need to do ... A key design principle for the workplace is to create a range of spaces – for groups and individuals, mobile and resident workers – and corresponding work policies that enable employees to make choices about the best ways to work.”


The beauty in this finding is that it only reinforces the culture aspect of the workspace. By providing an adaptable work environment and soliciting feedback from your employees about what matters to them, you create an internal culture of openness—one that proclaims that employees are valued and that change is not only welcome but seen as a positive.


It’s an exciting time to be in the architecture and design industry, to witness this next generation of the workplace. It shows how good design can be not only aesthetically pleasing but also productive for your business. Just one look at the recent “Coolest Office Spaces” competition in the Kansas City Business Journal and you’ll see some of the innovative ways our hometown businesses have created fun and productive work environments for their employees.


These companies get it—will yours?


Chris Jimenez is a principal at Clockwork, an architecture + design firm ready to align with forward thinkers and progressive leaders. How has design played a role in your employee satisfaction efforts? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or on Twitter @ClockworkAD.


Clockwork in Affordable Housing News

Jenny Christenson - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Smart and Beautiful: The Clockwork Home hits the market, proving that great design can be affordable.

Read all about it in the Spring 2016 issue of Affordable Housing News.


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Clockwork Awards

Santina Cessor - Monday, October 19, 2015

Clockwork is honored by the recent recognition for our thoughtful design. We have graciously been presented with two major design awards; The Moosehead Dover-Foxtrot Mill received 2015 statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award for Stewardship; Baxter Springs Senior Residences received the 2015 Ad Astra award for Excellence in Innovation and Community Development.

The Moosehead Manufacturing Company, with the support of the Town of Dover-Foxcroft requested our help to explore the redevelopment of its former mill site, located at 5 East Main Street. The property consists of 80,000 sf on approximately 1.5 acres.  It is bordered on the east and south by the Piscataquis River (with approximately 850’ of river frontage), Main Street to the north, and residential properties to the west.

The project leveraged historic tax credits and numerous other private and public funds to create a rich mixed use solution anchored by multi-family residential. The project is under construction and has become the anchor for a rejuvenation of town center.

Baxter Springs Senior Residences is a historic adaptive reuse project, converting the original Baxter Springs High School into 28 affordable apartments for adults 55 and older. The local Baxter community is delighted to have this historic building thoughtfully reimagined, carefully renovated and remain a prominent landmark in their community.  The facility opens this November and we are eager to see the response to its new residents.  


For Clockwork, it’s not about the award; it’s about measuring real metrics of the powerful impact good design has on communities.  We do not design for design sake; we design with the next 15-20 years in mind – understanding how our design will function successfully and influence community growth.

While it does not take an award to know our impact is positive, it is encouraging to know all the hard work we put into listening intently to our partners and being laser focused on design details, really does translate into successful projects. This is what design is all about! Thank you, to our communities for trusting Clockwork, we are so proud. 


Case Closed - Good Design Will Positively Impact Your Business

Santina Cessor - Thursday, September 10, 2015
The proof is in the pudding, in fact good design will positively impact your business - here is the proof. We are thrilled to see our law firm clients enhancing their brands and experiencing direct business results. 



 

Cerner Bear Institute Children's National Medical Center

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 17, 2015

Clockwork architect Chester Bartels guest lectured at Clockwork designed Bear Institute Innovation + Learning Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday August 14, 2015. The room was filled with Bear Institute Innovation executives and members all eager to kick off their workplace lecture series. 

10FOR10 Crank Out Hunger

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 17, 2015

10 Good Years Deserve 10 Good Deeds - Coldwater Food Pantry 

Our Clockwork team geared up to crank it this past Saturday - raising awareness and contributing funds to the Coldwater Food Pantry in Lee's Summit. The early AM start made for impeccable weather on a normally heated August summer day. The terrain was beautiful moving fluidly through the historic downtown and sprawling neighborhoods.  This race served as a platform for the Clockwork Team to kick start a biking fall.  

For more information about Coldwater Food Pantry and how to get involved click here

Leadership Announcement - Todd Howard

Santina Cessor - Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Title:

Technical Director


Responsibilities:  

Define and implement optimal project management processes and uniform standards to establish consistency in project delivery and BIM management. Oversee the in-house quality assurance/quality control process, facilitate training to improve knowledge of the staff and assist with project related issue management as needed. Ensure that proposed design solutions are adequately challenged and validated for their construct-ability and general compliance with relevant conditions, including but not limited to local codes, specified materials and budgets.

Service:

5.5 Years


Quote:

"I'm looking forward to creating a culture of inspired technical excellence in the office and establishing a design rigor with standards and details that support and reinforce the overall vision of Clockwork projects."  

Project Portfolio:

       

Leadership Announcement - Daniel Umscheid

Santina Cessor - Thursday, May 21, 2015


Title:

Design Director, Clockwork A+D


Responsibilities:  

Facilitate & Influence firm-wide creative efforts to promote design excellence and provide Design Leadership to empower Clockwork’s Award-Winning Designers to craft unique and meaningful design visions.


Service:

2 years 


Quote:

"The Design Director role will allow me to continue to develop as a Designer, and afford opportunities to provide design leadership across the design studio. I look forward to strengthening relationships with our valued clients and collaborating with our growing team of award-winning designers to empower good design and help craft a vision for the work, and future, of Clockwork."


Project Portfolio:

   


Leadership Announcement - Chris Jimenez

Santina Cessor - Thursday, May 21, 2015



Title:

Principal, Clockwork A+D

Responsibilities:  

Joining the leadership team at Clockwork with a focus on client service, while maintaining current responsibilities of project architect / project manager.

Service:

6 years 

Quote:

"I am very excited for this next chapter at Clockwork, our team is stronger than ever. We look to continue growth in new markets while continuing to excel in areas of our expertise with a focus on client service"  


Project Portfolio:

     




Leadership Announcement

Santina Cessor - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Clockwork is thrilled to announce the promotion of three deserving thought leaders.


Meet the trio who is positively impacting Clockwork growth; designing wicked portfolio pieces and delivering design that enhances our clients brand & mission. 




Chris Jimenez:

father of five, yes five, you could say he drinks from the firehose... 


Todd Howard:

architect by day, master D.J. by night and an emerging professional of the year 


Daniel Umscheid:

award winning artist, amateur woodworker and avid kayaker...yet always wanted to be a race car driver...