- Millennials make up more than one-third of the American labor force, and by 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. (Pew Research Center)
- 46% of Millennials claim that flexibility and adaptability are the most critical employee characteristics for successful businesses. (Deloitte)
- Ethosource designs impactful and innovative furniture to help you attract and retain quality talent.
Once upon a time, offices were filled with rows and rows of identical cubicles, forcing employees of all ages, titles, and responsibilities to conform to a one-size-fits-all working style. They would come in, sit down at their desk, and get to work while counting down the afternoon hours until their 5 pm freedom. The workplace was simply a location that separated personal life from work life. The workplace was just that — a place of work.
But over the years, the workplace evolved. Employees began to expect more flexibility and demand opportunities to work in different ways. And companies began to realize that building a meaningful culture was too important in keeping those employees happy and productive. Now, the workplace has no real definition. It has become an innovative and collaborative environment all driven by the energy of the employees inside.
And who is driving this monumental shift? Millennials. This demographic comprises a majority of today’s workforce with the anticipation of only expanding their takeover up to 75% over the next few years. But in addition to their higher standards and expectations, Millennials also bring forward new ways of working and thinking that have proven incredibly valuable to companies and their cultures. And having the right office design is a major part of not only attracting quality talent in this demographic but also making them want to stay.
Looking to the Future
Many business leaders are now forced to compete with the enticing benefits of remote work. As we see more companies adopting hybrid and virtual structures, designing a workplace that employees look forward to going to each day is more important than ever. Millennials have made it clear that a thoughtful office design is important to them. They value authenticity, personalization, and versatility. They want to feel that their employers understand and care about their needs, so buying a ping pong or foosball table isn’t going to cut it. It’s time to make creating a functional and efficient workspace work as a recruiting tool.
In Part Two of our Workplace Design for Recruiting series, we’re looking at different ways you can create a workspace that effectively reflect the values that Millennials really care about. Let’s get into it.
FOUR WAYS TO DESIGN FOR MILLENNIALS:
Always ask questions. Get their opinions on different design changes and even simple aesthetics like artwork and décor. Give them a small selection of seating or accessories to choose from for their personal space. The more their input is involved in the space around them, the more they’ll feel a part of the culture that’s being fostered there.
Obviously, an office design that represents and values your employees can be a major advantage in recruiting and retaining young talent that shares your company vision, while highlighting your company’s brand and culture. If you’re looking for an upgrade, Ethosource can help you maximize your current office investment as you bring it back to life for today’s workers. Contact us to help you navigate these new expectations in your workplace design.