Survey Reveals Workplace Design and Furnishings Key for Recruiting Employees

Results of CORT and Work Design survey show importance of office furniture and layout in attracting top talent


Following the recent trend of collaborative office spaces, employees are now recognizing the importance of workplace design in recruiting top talent. A recent survey conducted by Work Design Magazine and CORT, the nation’s leading provider of transition services, revealed that furnishings and office layout are key factors in recruiting new employees.

According to the survey results:

  • 81 percent of respondents consider workplace environment important for attracting top talent, but only 67 percent of companies are making necessary changes to make their space more competitive.
  • 56 percent of respondents plan on revising their office space in the near future to accommodate an increase in employees.
  • 64 percent of respondents would invest an extra five percent or more towards ergonomic furniture and design.
  • 88 percent of respondents claim ergonomics influences furniture choices and overall workplace design.

To make office space more competitive and attractive to potential employees, the organizations that incorporated changes to their office space implemented more open spacing, natural lighting, adjustable workstations, sit/stand desks and new ergonomic furniture.

“An office’s design and furnishings speak volumes about a company from the moment employees, customers and potential employees walk through the door,” said Ann Sennewald, vice president of merchandising at CORT. “Many companies are now using furniture rental as an affordable solution to create an adjustable office space to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the workplace.”

In order to stand out to prospective employees, it’s important to add a variety of workstations to meet each employee’s unique work style. Outfit your space with collaborative tables for creative group work as well as private meeting rooms for work that requires intense concentration.

CORT offers a variety of workplace collections to support office-space trends, including its most recent STAKs collection. This collection offers diverse workplace configurations that promote collaboration, flexibility and mobility. Flexibility is a key component of STAKs, making it a solution for a wide range of configurations and varying levels of collaboration. From gathering tables to executive offices, STAKs is the solution for all corners of the workplace.

To learn more about CORT’s workplace offerings and services, please visit our blog.

About CORT

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the nation’s leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home and office, event furnishings, destination services, apartment locating, touring and other services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and partners in more than 80 countries, no other furniture rental company can match CORT’s breadth of services and companywide commitment to providing excellent customer service. For more information, please visit

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