WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2019—Businesses must pick their office locations with care and be sure to consider where the majority of employees live. U.S. employees would rather have a short commute than an office located near restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, and other amenities combined, according to a new Clutch survey of 503 full-time employees.
Almost half of employees (49%) say that an office near their home is the most important factor when considering office location.
People want to work near where they live, and an office’s location could factor into their employment decision.
“Commuting costs employees time and money,” said Ralph Benzakein, senior vice president of Cresa. “In times of low unemployment, employers are competing for employees on many levels. A 10-minute commute is going to look a lot more attractive to a prospective employee than an hour.”
Employees care more about how long their commutes are than if their office is near food and drink options: Most offices are close to restaurants (70%) and coffee shops (62%), but just 22% of employees actually go out to buy lunch at work more than half the time.
Employees should focus more on locating near their employees’ homes – which may not necessarily be near food and drink options.
Offices Near Public Transportation Help Businesses With Recruitment
Businesses near public transit may have an easier time finding and hiring workers, especially in urban areas.
About 47% of offices are near a metro, train, or bus stop, and these companies can recruit a wider range of employees.
“Being close to mass transit allows HR departments to recruit the best and brightest from the entire labor market,” said John Boyd, principal of Boyd Company.
Businesses with offices near public transportation don’t have to limit themselves to only workers who commute by driving or walking.
Offices With Parking Options Save Employees Time, Stress
The majority of Americans drive to work, yet many have to worry about finding a parking spot every day.
About 70% of employees drive alone to work. Businesses that offer parking options near their offices can keep these employees happy.
“The last thing you want to do is to spend time and be late [to work] all because you were trying to find parking,” said John Rampton, founder and CEO of scheduling software Calendar. “That is an unnecessary waste of time that can be avoided by offering parking.”
Businesses that provide parking can reduce employee stress, save time, and increase productivity.
If a business can’t be near employees’ homes, it should focus on making their commutes as easy as possible.
Clutch’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Survey included 503 full-time U.S. employees.
Read the full report here: https://clutch.co/real-estate/resources/things-employees-want-office-location
For questions about the survey, a comment on the findings, or an introduction to the industry experts included in the report, reach out to Kristen Herhold at [email protected].
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