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10 May 2023 | by Jana Jassova
The millennial generation is now the largest demographic in the workforce, and their expectations and preferences are significantly different from those of previous generations. In order to attract and retain top millennial talent, companies need to create a work environment that meets their unique needs and supports their goals and aspirations. One important factor that can make a big difference is office design.
Office design has a significant impact on employee productivity, engagement, and well-being. Research has shown that well-designed office spaces can increase job satisfaction, collaboration, and creativity, while reducing stress and burnout. For millennials, in particular, office design can play a crucial role in creating a work environment that promotes their success and fulfilment.
In my dissertation, “What Do Millennials Expect from Their Employment and How Can Leaders Help the Largest Generation Succeed at Work and in Their Careers?”, I explored needs and requirements of the millennial generation. Through in-depth research and analysis, I identified several key requirements and taking it further these can be linked to design principles and strategies that can help companies create a Destination Office that empowers and engages their millennial workforce.
Flexibility and Mobility
Millennials value flexibility and mobility in the workplace, and office design can play a key role in supporting these needs. Providing a variety of workspaces that accommodate different personalities, work styles and preferences, such as open collaboration areas, quiet zones, and standing desks, can help them feel more in control of their work environment and enable them to work in ways that suit their individual needs.
Moreover, post covid, millennials now seek hybrid, agile and remote working options. Technology enables us to work remotely, making it essential for companies to invest in such technology that provide them with flexible options. This can be achieved through the implementation of audio visual or acoustics which allow for seamless remote work and collaboration.
Sustainability and Wellbeing
Millennials are also concerned about sustainability and wellbeing, both for themselves and the environment. Companies can support these values by incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly design features, such as sustainable furniture, energy-efficient lighting, and natural ventilation systems. These features not only demonstrate a commitment to the environment, but also improve air quality and employee well-being, reducing sick days and increasing employee retention.
In addition, incorporating amenities such as fitness facilities, praying rooms, and healthy food options, can further enhance employee well-being and engagement. As well as that, incorporating natural light and biophilic design has been shown to increase productivity and reduce stress levels among employees.
Collaboration and Socialising
Millennials want to be informed, involved, and included. This generation wants to know everything about everything.
Valuing collaboration and socialising office design can facilitate these needs by creating spaces that foster interaction and communication. By providing collaborative workspaces, social areas or communal breakout areas, companies can encourage employees to connect with one another and develop a sense of community.
Working for well known brands or companies that embody their values attracts millennials, they expect to have an “Ooooh!” reaction when they walk into the workspace, and office design can help communicate and reinforce these values. By incorporating elements such as branded signage, company colours and logos, and thematic furnishing, companies can create a cohesive brand identity that resonates with millennial employees and reinforces their sense of belonging.
In conclusion, office design can play a crucial role in supporting the needs and preferences of the millennial generation, enabling companies to attract and retain top talent, improve productivity and collaboration, and enhance employee well-being and satisfaction. By incorporating flexible and mobile workspaces, sustainable and wellbeing-focused design features, collaborative and community spaces, and cohesive brand identity.
Here at Claremont, we can create workspaces that not only look good but also support the well-being and productivity of the people who use them. We call it, The Destination Office and it gives you that Workplace Oooh!
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