In the wake of the retiring Baby Boomer population and a dwindling Generation X, employers in the coming decade will be looking to fill leadership gaps, and it’s expected that by 2025, nearly half of all U.S. workers will be Millennials. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these 80 million young adults were born between 1976 and 2001, and have the unique position of offering their employers distinct competencies and perspectives, but also possess a redefined meaning of both personal and professional success. How can your company employ integrative office design to meet the needs and considerations of an evolving workforce? The following five elements can give you a great start.
1. Cultivate Community
Millennials will be searching for an office environment that easily blends their “work life” with their “leisure life” through their co-workers and office spaces. Attaining that balance is no longer an elusive ideal, but an expectation of young talent, making it a top buzz-word of recruiters. Fostering daily, guilt-free communication in community spaces supports employee bonding and can contribute to creative innovation. Also, converting conventional meeting spaces to be both comfortable and functional with ergonomic, modular office furniture and open office design will encourage co-working and increase productivity.
2. Encourage Activity
Typical office spaces tend to be “incubators for sedentary behavior,” according to Keith Perske, executive managing director of innovation at commercial real estate firm Colliers, and a millennial-inspired office design trend that’s making a significant impact in workplaces is “Active Design.” The push to promote wellness and reverse the damage of extended sitting includes encouraging employees to increase their number of daily steps by using aesthetically improved staircases and by moving personal printers and coffee machines to opposite sides of the office. Also, it uses flexible office furniture to encourage standing and walking, and even incorporates walking trails and activity areas in common outdoor spaces for walking meetings and breaks.
3. Implement Inclusion
Millennials value diversity and inclusion as tools that enable business competitiveness and growth, and as your workforce evolves, so too should their support from your business. From wheelchair-bound employees with specific work-space needs, to the consideration of unisex or single-occupancy bathroom facilities to be more sensitive to transgendered employees, office design that factors in demographic changes will have an immediate impact on your bottom line. According to a study by Deloitte and BJKLI, 83% of millennials are actively engaged when they believe their organization fosters an inclusive culture, and that can help you avoid the annual cost of disengaged employees in terms of lost productivity, which an oft-cited Gallup study pegs at $350 Billion.
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