Food Manufacturers Increase Staff Retention Through Architectural Design

Food manufacturers have a lot on their plates. They have to think about everything from hygiene and pest control to staff shortages, productivity, sales, and so much more.

They also need to think about how the design and build of their buildings impact not only their setup and operations but how they can impact the business as a whole.

We’ve found that having up-to-date, cleverly-designed facilities that take sustainability seriously can attract and retain quality members of staff. This is especially important as it’s really common for food manufacturing companies to struggle to make new hires and then retain them.

Many food manufacturers across the globe don’t have buildings that fit their operations. This could be because they’re working in old buildings that are not fit for purpose or they’ve expanded too quickly. Each building or new extension needs careful consideration and should be aligned with the process(es) it facilitates.

Your buildings should allow you the space and flexibility you need to run your operations as efficiently as possible. Not only will this help your bottom line, but it will also make things much easier for your staff.

Designing for the Future

Think about your plans for the future. Do you have any expansion plans? Are you going to be undertaking the production of other goods? Will you need new/more machinery? Future-proofing your facilities will make it much easier on your team when you do want to expand.

Staff retention and working conditions fall hand in hand. You might think you have a great working environment, but there’s a lot more to it than company culture. Having good ventilation (especially since the COVID-19 outbreak), lots of natural light, and a comfortable and spacious staff room are just a handful of things that can really enhance the staff experience at your company.

Plus, sustainability becoming more and more of a priority for businesses and individuals everywhere. Having a facility that focuses on environmentally-friendly practices is only going to be more appealing for your current staff, and potential hires and customers. Solar panels, excellent recycling facilities, efficient insulation, and sustainable materials are all features that can be implemented easily. 

Our fantastic team at HPA Chartered Architects has an abundance of experience in designing and developing buildings for food manufacturing companies – including some of the biggest names in the business.

We closely collaborate with all of our clients so that we can provide them with designs that best fit their needs and their plans for the future. We live and breathe sustainability and take the time to really understand what you do and how you do it. Our team makes sure that any work building or expansion work undertaken is done with as little disruption as possible.

Do you have a food manufacturing business that you’d like us to take a look at? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with us by calling us on 01524 32479 or emailing us through this contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can to arrange a meeting.

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