(BPT) - A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that U.S. employment is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs from 2018 to 2028. At the same time, employers are battling an ultra-competitive job market, in which candidates are being wooed by increased pay and enhanced medical benefits.
Today’s smartest employers are thinking more creatively about how to attract talented workers and encourage them to stay. Many are partnering with large landlords to include next-level amenities into their workspaces.
Specific areas today’s employers are focused on include:
A well-located workplace is a major selling point for attracting potential employees and retaining existing ones. Employers with a central location, easily accessible by public transportation, already have an advantage. For example, The Legacy Town Center office in Plano, Texas boasts transit drop-off and pick-up right at the building.
For environmentally-minded employees who bike to work, secure bike storage is a real plus. The office tower at 201 Spear St. in San Francisco anticipates the needs of the area’s environmentally-conscious workforce with bike storage and EV car charging stations, plus easy access to light rail.
Accenture Tower in Chicago sits above Ogilvie Transportation Center, one of the main suburban train stations connecting downtown Chicago to the suburbs, providing direct access to city trains, buses and expressways. The first two levels of the property are comprised of 80,000 square feet of retail space, with more than 45 stores and restaurants.
Beyond providing competitive healthcare plans, employers are seeking new ways to encourage and support employees’ health-related activities — a focus that contributes to less absenteeism and greater productivity. For example, Park Place Village in Leawood, Kansas has massage therapy on-site for all of its tenants.
Many major office owners are adding state-of-the-art fitness centers. 3001 Washington Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia features workout studios offering barre, yoga and HIIT performance classes in its 8-story, LEED Gold-certified Class A office building. And at Accenture Tower, the building includes a two-level fitness center spanning 14,000 square feet, with a basketball court, group exercise classes and new tenant lounge with air hockey, shuffle board and wine lockers.
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For employees with busy schedules, it can be tough to find enough time in the day to take care of necessary errands. Workers are especially drawn to locales that provide day-to-day services everyone needs without even having to walk outside.
Some office buildings go a step beyond. For businesses located at RBC Plaza in Minneapolis, employees can use the U.S. Postal Service, on-site bank, a sundry shop and even a shoe repair/shoe shine service. But it doesn’t stop there. Other services offered in the building include a car wash and detailing service, and private wine lockers. And in the Carillon office tower in Charlotte, North Carolina, there's an on-site daycare for parents.
Beyond location and service-based amenities, today’s employees are increasingly demanding a workplace with a beautiful atmosphere, which often includes access to outdoor spaces. Building designers are taking note, providing more open spaces, skylights and/or atriums for a lighter, more welcoming work environment.
For example, The McEwen Building in the Cool Springs submarket of Nashville, Tennessee offers employees and visitors an outdoor sitting area complete with a fountain and plush landscaping, while 3003 Washington Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia has a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Washington, D.C.
With Generation Z workers about to enter the workforce, today’s employers also understand the power of creating engagement within their team, especially among young professionals. Next-level office amenities can increase employee satisfaction and deepen their connection to their employer.
For instance, RBC Plaza in Minneapolis offers a billiards lounge, as well as a cafe and coffee shop, while Preston Commons in Dallas, Texas and 201 Spear Street in San Francisco both have on-site bars, giving office workers places to unwind and congregate after work.
KBS, one of the largest owners of premier office buildings in the nation, has partnered with many of America’s most prominent companies to support recruitment and retention by buying well-located offices and infusing them with state-of-the-art amenities — many of which go well beyond the “traditional,” elevating the office experience to the next level. To learn more, visit kbs.com.