While there may be a lot of chatter out there about the millennial generation, one thing is for sure; soon, they will make up the majority of the workforce in the United States. This generation is different than those before it, connected to the world and on-the-go in ways that were once never even thinkable. Millennials demand different things from their work than the generations before it – especially when it comes to where and how they work. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to creating millennial-friendly offices and workspaces.
In terms of workplace benefits, studies and polls have shown that millennials rank flexibility higher than any other generation before them. They value the ability to move, while staying connected – a privilege that most members of the generation have had since birth. The notion of flexibility ranges from being able to set their own hours and working from home to being able to move about freely in any given office space. To millennials, being autonomous is the best and easiest way for them to work.
Provide Spaces for Collaboration
Millennials generally want their work to have a deeper meaning. They want to be truly passionate about whatever they may be doing. Having designated collaborative spaces is a great way to encourage this as it allows individuals and teams to connect in low pressure settings. It’s a place where interaction reigns and those interactions can easily add new perspectives and new depths to any project.
Bring Function AND Form
Good-looking design and how smoothly things work are also incredibly important to millennials – although this is a value that seems to span multiple generations. They want to work smarter with furniture that offers them efficiency and ease. At the same time, when they are working they want to be in spaces that are beautiful and inspiring so that they can truly do their best work.
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