In this episode of Design Nerds Anonymous, we ask the question “How to Keep Gen Z from Leaving the Design Industry.” In the past two years, the interior design industry has faced significant changes, with firms struggling to retain and attract talent. But what are the reasons behind this trend, and how can we address them? Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with two industry leaders, Cheryl Durst, CEO of IIDA, and Khoi Vo, CEO of ASID. Together, we’ll explore the calls to action for the industry on not only attracting but retaining talent. These organizations have had a somewhat tumultuous history, but today they’re coming together to explore the calls to action for the industry on not only attracting but retaining talent.
· Discover why the interior design industry is struggling to retain and attract talent despite firms reporting record-breaking backlogs and new project workloads.
· Learn how lack of work-life balance and communication challenges are the two main reasons that prompt young talent to leave the industry, and what firms can do to address these challenges.
· Find out why today’s students believe that three years or less is an appropriate amount of time to spend on their first job, and how this trend is impacting the industry.
· Explore how firms can invest in their employees and prioritize their well-being by offering flexible working arrangements and clear communication channels.
· Learn why promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is crucial to retaining and attracting talent in the industry and providing opportunities for young talent to grow and develop their skills.
· Discover how collaboration between industry organizations, educators, and practitioners is essential to address the talent challenge and ensure the industry’s long-term success.
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