In 2015, millennials became the majority representation of the workforce, and companies took notice. Today, employers are going out of their way to attract – and retain – this hyper-connected, tech-savvy generation. This includes designing workplaces to appeal to millennials.
It’s not just millennials who benefit, though. Choices like using natural materials and allowing ample daylight benefits your entire workforce and can improve overall employee satisfaction, from boomers to Xer’s to millennials.
Millennials desire a career that is fulfilling, both to the singular worker and the larger community. The goal of workplace designers, therefore, should be to represent this sense of purpose within the workspace through authenticity, wellness, and a commitment to community.
Millennials are discerning and loyal to brands that synch up with their lifestyles. This means that they hope to work for an organization that shares those beliefs and is clearly committed to its core values.
It’s a commitment that should be demonstrated the moment someone walks through your doors: your office as a tangible manifestation of your brand. For example, a company with a mission statement that focuses on open communication could have wide, clearly delineated hallways and plenty of common areas for employees to gather and commune.
Authenticity in design can highlight an organization’s commitment to its overall mission. A company appears more authentic when the messages in its workplace align with the messages it conveys to the outside world. It’s using the office to tell your story to employees, suppliers, and visiting clients.
The way space is designed has a direct impact on physical and mental health. Millennials are acutely aware of the importance of health and how the choices they make impact their well being. Organizations are seeing the benefit of how designing wellness into the workspace appeals to those they hope to recruit and retain.
Wellness in the workplace can take many forms. Some organizations incorporate sustainable measures and focus on issues like indoor air quality. Others may incorporate natural elements, like courtyards and plants, and use natural and sustainable elements in the building. Of course, natural light is a must.
Studies have shown the benefits of exposure to nature, so it’s becoming important to incorporate the outdoors in inside design. Organizations with healthy spaces also show lower rates of illness and disability.
It’s not simply workplaces, either. Retail environments are taking notice and incorporating wellness into their designs, as well.
Commitment to Community
A company’s commitment to their community and their contributions to society can be incorporated into their building. This can be big initiatives, like a commitment to green energy, but it can also be smaller, and more localized: a commitment to the workplace community.
Design areas for employees to escape the feeling of “being at work” while still being at work. This could include adding a coffee bar or converting a conference room into a lounge. Add breakout spaces for impromptu meetings, which can foster brainstorms and encourage innovative approaches to further boost a workplace community. Also, consider areas with comfortable furniture that add a homey feel to the office.
From environmentally friendly and sustainable design approaches to breakout rooms and natural lighting, these millennial-focused design trends are improving offices for all. Contact The Trade Group at 800-343-2005 to discuss how we can help you implement some pleasing office upgrades.