Attracting Top Talent

The key to business success.


You also need a good product or service, of course. But TALENT – that's the name of the game! If a business can recruit top talent, it's all but guaranteed to grow.

That said, recruiting top talent doesn't come easy. Employers spend hours...so. much. time... strategizing ways to attract exceptional team members. Keeping them is another story.

Community as a Strategy

Designing a workplace where workers want to work...together.

Collaborative area Only 5% of companies actually consider attributes of collegiate design when designing their work space. But what if business environments were more like college campuses?

If you build it, they will come!

To appeal to young, talented professionals who’ve spent years in progressive campus environments working together, the solution is simple: Create an environment, reflective of your culture, inspired by the greatest trends in collegiate design.

Recruit. Retain. Repeat.

After you've recruited top talent, how are you going to keep them?
(HINT: Don't let them enter the danger zone of being "lost in transition" in a new environment.)

90% of new employees are still 'lost in transition' within 6-12 months of being hired... and lost employees are more likely to leave!

Collegiate Design

Helping employees find their place through inspired workplace design.


Here are a few ways to better engage employees:

Two people working together

Create workspaces that foster coaching and mentoring.

Support ongoing training and development that new hires need to succeed.

People using large screens and tablet devices

Leverage integration with new and emerging technologies.

These crucial tools engage recent graduates who have come to expect this level of connection.

People working on a project, moving furniture

Continue to evolve!

Progressive employees crave progressive environments.

Following trends in collegiate design will help you understand how your workplace should continue to evolve.

Seven Trends in Collegiate Design

#1: Work happens everywhere!

College students meeting near in lounge seating near staircase

Park benches, soft seating, stairwells, hallways, wide-open areas, noisy environments, quiet confines...anywhere.

#2: Exterior spaces are maximized and utilized for work.

People talking outside

Exterior areas are truly part of the overall planning strategy—planning that is far greater than building architecture and scale.

#3: Work, social interactions and technology use occur simultaneously.

Students talking on lounge furniture

Create open areas for 24/7 intersection of work and social interaction, supported with technology access.

#4: Central building areas are primary spaces for collaboration, communication and interaction.

People working and talking in large, open lobby space

Lobbies, circulation spaces and corridors are not merely conveyances between individual workspaces, but also serve as prime spaces for different work styles.

#5: Technology is integral to every work style.

Students using tablets and cell phones on lounge furniture

It's routine to engage with no fewer than four technology devices—an active desktop, a MacBook, a tablet displaying content, and of course a smart phone for music and texting.

#6: Culture supports different work styles.

People working on lounge furniture

Having collaborative spaces isn't enough. Environment and culture both support social interaction so that it occurs naturally.

#7: The definition of the words "group" and "team" are different.

Students working separately and in a small group

Group work is where tasks are tackled individually in the same space but then involve sporadic interaction. Team work is where a specific group is assigned to work together on a shared project and split responsibilities to achieve a common goal.

75% of new hires say they like to work, well... everywhere.

Simply incorporating a new "social hub" won't fix the greater issue.


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Go all in!

You need a workplace that is fully immersed in collegiate design. In other words, give employees options for where and how to work, and let them choose.

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Make smart choices.

With a higher degree of choice over their workplace, employees will enjoy their work and work harder! Yep, you read that right. Done correctly, incorporating trends from collegiate design into your workplace design will lead to higher retention rates of top talent and greater employee productivity…leading to more success in your business and its bottom line. Win. Win!