BOSTON & NEW YORK CITY—SGAa national, multidisciplinary firm whose work spans architecture, interior design and masterplanning for major developers and corporate clients such as Titletown Development, Citizens Bank, Related Beal and Boston Properties has just announced its highly anticipated 2023 Report on the equipment of the workplace.
To help developers and employers identify the most desirable amenities for today’s workforce, the company’s world-class interior design team surveyed hundreds of employees across generations, locations and industries to assess their preferences for workplace amenities across four main categories: health and wellness, Productivity and meeting space, everyday convenience and transportation.
“The state of the workplace and the needs of workers are constantly changing,” comments Gable Clarke, President of Interior Design and Partner at SGA. “While our customers know that amenities are a critical factor in increasing employee engagement, there is confusion about how robust their amenities program should be and where to focus their efforts.”
As hybrid work drives the nationwide “escape to quality” trend in commercial real estate, creating higher quality spaces and amenities that transform the workplace into a destination have become essential ingredients in attracting employees and tenants back into the office. Overall, the survey results show a reflection of larger societal changes: a greater focus on personal well-being and safety, interest in sustainable modes of transport, convenient places to pick up groceries and packages, and spaces that facilitate social interactions.
It also underscores the importance of notable amenities like manned security desks and reservable meeting rooms, while also identifying emerging trends like IT bars, bike parking, and gender-neutral restrooms.