Posted on August 22, 2017
Those pesky millennials.
Coming here with their ideas and their innovations, with their grasp of modern technologies and communications and their annoying willingness to work hard and collaborate. How very dare they.
Millennials – those crazy kids born between 1980 and 1999 - get their fair share of stick in the press and as such there’s a tendency for a section of the baby boomers and middle-aged folks amongst us to view their supposedly flighty antics in the workplace with a degree of, well, derision.
But come on. We were all young once, right? Young and inexperienced but eager. Eager to change the world and the way we worked for the better.
The millennials amongst us are no different – and indeed a study by the IBM Institute for Business Value found that most millennials and older workers actually share many of the same career goals as each other: to make a positive impact on the organisation they work for, to help solve social and environmental challenges, to work with a diverse group of people and to manage their work-life balance more effectively.
Those millennials, eh? Tsk.
So how does your workplace measure up when it comes to encouraging and nurturing this generation, along with all the qualities that they can bring to your organisation?
After all, by 2025, three out of four office employees are projected to be millennials according to a study by Forbes.
Layout is important. The focus is shifting away from personal, enclosed spaces; in fact, millennials are more likely than those who came before them to feel more comfortable working in open, collaborative areas. Spaces where ideas can be fired back and forth when they emerge, where decisions can be made faster.
There’s a greater emphasis on community and communal spaces – which makes sense when you think about it. Consider how so many of us have grown closer via social media and the immediacy of communications technology over the last 20 years or so, and it stands to reason that the social aspect of everyday life is becoming more of an important factor in the workplace. Break out spaces, games rooms and larger kitchens/eating areas can all support this need, in turn boosting employee wellbeing and productivity in the long run. Blending fun and work – who’d have thought it?
More communal workspaces are the order of the day then, as are larger desk areas, discussion tables, or work booths where groups of four and below can sit around an enclosed table to discuss and debate.
Designing and adapting your workspace into a happier place to work makes it a healthier place to work too – and by doing so you’ll not only attract millennials and encourage them to work for you, you’ll be more likely to retain them and their services too.
So, if you’re looking to embrace your inner millennial (so to speak), then speak to us. We can help to design and install everything you need to bring your workspaces in line with the latest trends and current practices that those pesky millennials desire.
Give us a call on 0370 360 2470 or drop us a line to find out how we can refresh and enliven your workspace. You’ll have those millennials queueing up to join you in next to no time…