Recruitment is an important process in attracting and retaining top talent but it’s a two-way street and employees also have a big say in where they end up working.

The chance for advancement, good pay, feeling valued and working for a successful company are all factors high on any prospective employee’s wish list but another, which often slips under the employer’s radar, is the office environment and culture – posing the question: Will I be happy there?

Chamber patron Chrisbeon Office Supplies is working closely with business owners looking to improve their office environment for existing employees and potential new recruits.

Partner Richard Hughes said: “Having gone to the trouble of finding the right candidate and deciding to get them on board, it follows that you will want to do your best to keep them.

“Happy staff are not only proven to be more productive but are also more likely to stay – and the working environment will play a major role in achieving this.”

So just what should companies be looking for in creating an office environment which will not only be welcoming for staff and keeping morale high but also provide them with the essentials they need to carry out their job efficiently while deterring any thoughts of moving elsewhere?

The team at Chrisbeon aim to work with employers to ensure the workplace is a place of inspiration, creativity, interaction and productivity – as relevant to the industry and the way they work.

“Millenials are known to favour modern office designs but this general trend is mirrored by many older employees who find functional, well-lit and pleasantly designed workspaces more conducive to good morale and efficiency,” adds Richard.

“The main workplace is very important but there are other areas which require equal consideration in terms of furnishings and decor, including canteens, break-out spaces, reception areas and conference rooms – important areas which offer comfort, support and are pleasing to the eye.

“In terms of wellbeing simple moves like having plants in the office or putting the photocopier further away to encourage walking during the working day can have an effect, but there are more options for employers when it comes to the furniture – from bespoke fixtures and fittings to ensure comfort and productivity in the right lighting at the right height to sit-stand desks for health.”

Whatever you opt for, Chrisbeon can help business owners meet their requirements with their knowledge and systems, including a 3D Computer Aided Design service showing businesses in advance if their plans will fit the needs of staff in the space available.