Redesigning Office Life for Generation Y
It’s pretty obvious by now that the emerging workforce that is Generation Y, or Millennials, will soon dominate companies across the nation. Within the next ten years, Millennials, born between 1979 and 1997, will not only make up the largest part of the workforce, but will change the way we work.
As a workforce that was once filled with baby boomers transitions into one that will recruit and retain Millennials, a major shift is expected. To understand how workplaces will need to change to accommodate and attract this new generation of workers, we’ve summed up some key findings from an article published by CNN:
- Engaging workplace
This can begin with instituting a simple initiative that recognizes and shows appreciation in employees’ accomplishments.
- Quick, casual meetings
Millennials’ use of technology during meetings shows their lack of interest in lengthy, formal meetings.
- Workplace that feels like home
Generation Y employees often blend their professional and personal lives, so they prefer that a workspace feels residentiaL.
- Open office space
Lounge furniture and less cubicles help shift from a ‘me’ to a ‘we’ work environment.
Although these changes may be directed at a specific generation, changes in technology, the economy and businesses are all part of the shift.
Be sure that all generations’ preferences are represented in office design. Quick changes that fail to accommodate only one generation may backfire and affect productivity.
At Assurance, we share with our clients that the most important thing you can do for your workforce is truly get to know your employees’ needs and wants. Once you’ve identified those characteristics, creating a successful office environment fit will only be a small part of the equation. Contact a representative today to make your transition seamless.
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