Designing a Workplace to Attract Millennials in 2017

Nic Pryke

by Nic Pryke

21.09.2017

In a period of four different generations working together it is essential to design a workplace that appeals and attracts all. Studies confirm that by 2020, nearly half (46 percent) of all workers will be Millennials. With Millennials shaping the look of today’s workplace, does your office design have what it takes to attract this rising pool of innovative talent?

How to design your office for Millennials
Millennials are increasingly influencing the latest office design trends.

Millennials bring forward a new, entrepreneurial way of working and thinking, proving valuable to any corporation. The right design can therefore increase productivity as well as attract this talent. Can you afford to risk your office design being the single factor that pushes Millennials away from your business?

In the following article we will discuss possible features to incorporate in your office design to attract and retain this generation.

Technology

‘The irony is a large proportion of Millennials will have better technology at home than what they are provided with in their workplace’ states Oktra’s Design Director Nic Pryke. Millennials have grown up using technology on a daily basis, and for them it is simply a given. It is therefore essential to provide the right technology to impress and support this generation.

Invest in tools which allow for easy and convenient engagement between employees such as communication apps or internal email and live chat platforms. Giving Millennials different options regarding technology will consequently impact their productivity levels and work ethic. Further to this, it shows that the company is constantly growing and improving.

Mixing business with pleasure

Research shows Millennials to have the highest stress levels of all generations. Creating an environment that encourages daily interaction and time outs reduces stress levels. Promoting a great culture is essential to successfully boosting productivity and focus.

This often means going beyond the standard ping pong table and incorporating activities within your office culture. Regular sporting events are an exciting method to bring fun into the workplace through a bit of healthy competition!

Designing break out areas can further encourage interaction and build a great culture. They allow employees to take a moment to themselves at any time and socialise. An effective breakout space can improve creativity and also provides employees with the chance to move away from their desks.

A flexible office space

Millennials are a generation that seeks communication, flexibility and a choice on how they work. The right office design can give them just that. Your office environment should allow communication and productivity to occur simultaneously. An open plan office facilitates this by giving employees the chance to freely engage with fellow team members.

Communal areas such coworking spaces and hubs boost creativity barriers by stimulating further interaction. For a generation that puts communication above all, these spaces are key to skills nurturing and innovation.

Wellbeing really does matter…a lot

Millennials are attracted to a healthy lifestyle and seek companies that cater to this need. They desire an employer that values health, and appreciates the right balance between work and life.

Arranging for outdoor areas is a great and healthy way to promote wellbeing and provide variety for employees. Millennials tend to feel happier in a greener environment. Taking a biophilic approach to your office design can realise this requirement.

Research also highlights the importance of healthy eating, one of today’s society hottest topics. As discussed in our previous blog nourishment is key in leading a healthier lifestyle, and a workplace which encourages this will be sufficiently more appealing.

Millennials desire an environment that is both comfortable and attractive. An intriguing office design doesn’t necessarily mean equipping it with the renowned Google slides, but it does mean moving away from the standard. They expect a workplace that grabs their attention. To achieve this you will need to cover all areas from furnishing, convenience, comfort, to lighting and colour schemes.

Whether you are downsizing or expanding, the right office design tailored uniquely to you by our experts can not only attract and retain desired employees, but is also the ideal tool to highlight your company’s brand and culture.

Why not book our free office space planning service today to see how we can make your office work harder.


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