The Changing Face Of Office Design

We all expect more from our workplace than previous generations, and employers and office designers are definitely upping their game.

But one generation appears to be particularly sensitive to the physical and emotional environment in which they work, and that is generation Y- otherwise known as millennials.

Millennials, are young people born between the early 1980s and the mid to late 1990s. Recent research shows that 1 in 5 of ‘Millennial’ generation say they are stressed out at work by poor office design.

Currently making up 35 percent of the UK workplace, and forecast to be three quarters of the total UK workforce within the next seven years, it is crucial for recruiters and employers who want to capture the next wave of talented individuals, to keep Millennials happy in their office environment.

An even larger proportion of the office workers surveyed (1 in 4 staff) said that their office’s design made them feel tired due to things such as poor lighting, lack of fresh air and unproductive layout.

Over a quarter of office staff described their current workplace as ‘outdated and dull’ and 3 in 10 young people said their office environment was ‘uninspiring and boring’.

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Perhaps even more worryingly, 21 percent of people who responded to the survey said that they had rejected a potential employer because of the style of their office, meaning that you could be missing out on the best young talent by not keeping a close eye on the look and feel of your workplace.

So, it would seem that many organisations are failing to provide the Millennial demographic with suitably inspiring workplace conditions to attract, retain, and get the best out of them; something which is easy to fix.

Good office design

A productive, happy office doesn’t have to cost the earth. Keeping things safe and clean,  promoting a culture that values a good work/life balance and flexibility in the workplace with such initiatives as remote working and hot desking will go a long way.

A fun office environment can also be a great way to attract Millennials to come and work for you – and to retain them and keep them motivated once they are a part of your team.

Commenting on the new research, Mindspace’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Zakai, said: “While many young workers in the UK still value a good workplace culture and decent salary, employers need to start placing a much larger emphasis on the aesthetics of the office and fostering a more collaborative workspace in order to retain and attract the best young talent through their doors.”

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