Design Leveraged Confirms Link Between Workplace Design and Employee Satisfaction

Design Leveraged Confirms Link Between Workplace Design and Employee Satisfaction

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) have released Design Leveraged, Volume II, the second in a three-part series, which makes the case that good design makes a meaningful impact on employee satisfaction and has a positive effect on a company's bottom line. The report highlights new survey findings that provide commercial interior designers with the hard data they need to demonstrate the ROI of an office redesign to C-level executives.

More than 1,200 U.S.-based office workers participated in the survey, which showcases the stark differences between employees who are satisfied with their workplaces versus those who are not.

"The results of our research make clear that beyond wages, benefits, vacations, and promotions, workplace design is strongly linked with employee retention, engagement, and productivity," said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. "Clients want to understand the value of investing in workplace design, and in Design Leveraged, we provide thought-provoking, statistically significant data and key case studies that will resonate with the C-suite, making this report a vital tool for design firms."

According to the report, "employees who are more satisfied with their personal workplace are less likely to quit, are more engaged at work, have higher job satisfaction, make better coworkers, and show more support for corporate goals."

Design Leveraged includes case studies illustrating how top companies have harnessed the power of design to recruit and retain top talent-from corporate giants such as IBM and AMC Entertainment to start-ups like Harry's and Wistia to a growing community college and one of the most respected names in healthcare, Mayo Clinic. The report also features practical advice from BIFMA and IIDA, and reveals the top 10 complaints employees have about workplace design.


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