Why Your Office Setting Does Matter When Recruiting

During the recruiting process, the candidates you interview may be performing their own interviews based on your business's office setting.

Whether it's the location of your office building or the working environment itself, it's possible that your office is turning away potential candidates.

In order to help you find the most talented employees for your business, here are a few simple actions you can take to make your work environment more appealing:

It's All in the Lighting

A huge turnoff for potential employees is walking into a workplace filled with blinding fluorescent lights.

Not only does prolonged exposure to fluorescent light increase anxiety levels and cause migraines in many individuals, it also reflects off of just about everything, including computer monitor screens.

If you want to welcome talented candidates into your business instead of scaring them off with the light of a thousand suns, then you need to change up your office's lighting.

Incandescent light bulbs are much easier on the eyes, so cancel out the overhead lighting altogether and introduce floor and desk lamps into the office. Also, whenever possible, let some natural light in. 

Out With the Old and In With the New... Office Furniture

Nothing will send potential employees running like uncomfortable, outdated office furniture.

Your office building and the contents within are a reflection of the way you run your business, so it's important to have office furniture that's in above average condition.

From roomy, well-equipped desks with plenty of storage space to adjustable chairs that provide ergonomic support, office furniture really can have a positive impact on the workplace.

Major retailers like Walmart offer a full line of office furniture including the classic Leather Mid-Back Office Chair, which comes complete with curved armrests, heavy-duty casters, and built-in lumbar support.

Revamp the Break Room

During the recruiting process, you'll likely give candidates a tour of the office building.

If the workplace tour includes a stop at the break room, then you need to make sure it's actually a place employees want to spend their precious breaks.

A relaxing break room not only has comfy furniture and great snack options, it should also have an inviting ambiance.

Things like peaceful music and aromatherapy candles are great for sprucing up a tired break room. So, for the sake of your current and potential employees, make sure your break room meets the needs of your staff.

Little Green Goes a Long Way

Adding plants to the workplace is a great way to bring a little bit of the outdoors into the office.

Whether it's a fern here and there or fresh flowers to welcome your current and prospective employees, a little green really does go a long way.

In addition to the beautifying qualities that greenery adds to the office, the oxygenating abilities of plant leaves are known to naturally reduce stress, increase positive feelings, relieve anxiety, and lower blood pressure.

In other words, if you haven't done so already, it's time to go green with your office environment.

When it comes to recruiting the right candidates in the door, use the tips above to improve your office setting.

Photo credit: Image courtesy of suphakit73 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including business practices and employee health.  

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