Recent research highlights office culture as the top drawcard for employees when seeking their dream real estate job.
Gough Recruitment interviewed more than 200 people, comprising those currently working or seeking work in property, real estate and construction, and asked them to rate the most important criterion when searching for a job.
An overwhelming number of respondents nominated office culture as their top priority, followed by training and development, employee benefits and then location.
Gough Recruitment chief executive Joel Barbuto said he was not surprised by the result.
“Creating a friendly, supportive and engaging workspace is ultimately going to lead to greater work satisfaction and hence productivity,” Mr Barbuto said.
“The key is to ensure the office design is comfortable yet functional to enable employees to focus on their work.
“The current preference for hot-desking, whereby multiple workers use the same workstation or surface at different times, is becoming increasingly unpopular and less productive as workers are struggling to concentrate on core tasks.
“This is a consequence of distractions which include constant movement within the office, lack of a defined space for employees to call their own, as well as noise issues,” he added.
Mr Barbuto said his firm have found that, increasingly, employees are demonstrating a preference for small, enclosed areas where they can shape and personalise their own space.
“This configuration appears to complement employees’ capacity to focus more effectively,” he said. “Comfort and interactive spaces are very important elements when creating an office culture.
“Functional kitchens with cooking and sitting areas, fruit bowls and cappuccino machines are becoming commonplace in many companies.
“Greenery is now coming indoors and when combined with warm colour tones, these elements are contributing to the creation of more inviting work environments.”