Why Environment Matters to a Changing Workforce

Recruiting and retaining the best talent has never been more competitive. So what are successful companies doing to attract the brightest minds? Hint: it’s less about free haircuts or onsite acupuncture, and more about purpose and engagement.

In planning their new North American headquarters, Autoneum envisioned a place that would energize the collaborative spirit through transparency and social interaction—qualities that young knowledge workers greatly value. How can these qualities be designed into a workplace? Together with Faudie Architecture, NBS created a solution for exactly that.

Individual workstations with height-adjustable desks are strategically placed in close proximity to a variety of shared spaces. Now both the workstation and its furnishings encourage movement and interaction. The shared spaces include a mix of small enclaves and larger, multi-purpose spaces. The smaller ones are ideal for brainstorming, meetings on the fly or maybe a quiet retreat. Larger rooms can accommodate presentations, team meetings and videoconferencing. As a whole, this is a dynamic ecosystem of technology-enabled spaces.

Then there’s the Bistro, with its garage door that signals a welcoming ambiance. These days work happens everywhere. Boundaries between home, work and personal passions are often indistinguishable, which makes the Bistro so appealing. It brings together the best features of a dining room, event space, coffee shop and meeting room—in one place that buzzes with energy. It gets better. Open the garage door to the adjacent training room and you have an expansive gathering hall that can accommodate very large groups. Since collaboration is grounded in human interaction, the Autoneum workspace brings people together in invaluable ways.

To learn more about this global leader in acoustic and thermal materials used in the automotive industry, visit Autoneum.com.


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