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Build a Millennial Office

Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Happenings

 BY JOSH JENNINGS                                                                                           Click here to read this article as a PDF.

           Today’s work spaces are changing, mostly for the better, and the driving force is the growing presence of Millennials (people born between the early 1980’s and 2000). In fact, just four years from now millennials will comprise nearly 40% of the total workforce. With so much representation from this group being infused into the workplace, it presents a different set of obstacles for CEO’s, business owners and other organizational leaders than previous generations. There’s no doubt they are technologically advanced and innovative, which is appealing to prospective employers. However, they are said to lack longevity and loyalty to the same company over time. If we take a step back to think about the needs of millennials in the work environment, there are certainly ways to attract and retain them.

            It’s going to take more than a competitive benefits package, professional development and advanced training, the option to work from home, and access to a fitness center or yoga classes to facilitate retention. The actual design of the workspace is certain to impact a millennials’ productivity, loyalty and overall happiness. Coming from a background in college athletics, I have seen firsthand the “amenities race” in higher education as a means to attract and retain students. Since the recession, colleges and universities across the country have been spending more on new laboratory facilities, student unions, residence halls, and athletics facilities. Millennials have spent hours studying and collaborating in college libraries or coffee houses where the space is stimulating. Stands a reason they are going to want similar conditions for their future work environments.

            Design and furniture play a major role in company culture. Millennials migrate towards open floor plans where they can engage with colleagues. An open environment is a constant reminder to all employees that they are important stakeholders in working together for the greater good of the company. Many manufacturers allow for the mixing and matching of desking systems, power troughs and successful configurations for open-plans or private offices. Chairs, stools, desks and training tables on casters provide mobility to cultivate collaboration. Additionally, they are signs of contemporary furniture and design that provide prospective employees a glimpse of the company culture.

            Touchdown and community spaces (back to the college library and coffee house concept) are also design preferences of millennials. By incorporating power and comfortable seating in these areas, they become more inviting and promote better communication. Whether it’s group work or private work you are seeking, break out areas cater to all types of activities and daily responsibilities related to an employees’ job requirements. These spaces offer face-to-face engagement opportunities with clients and colleagues, provide flexibility and mobility, and can be a catalyst for inspiring and supporting the types of spontaneous interaction that lead to innovation.

            Businesses and organizations that are successful are only as good as the employees in their workforce. Companies that maintain creative, productive and stimulating environments understand this concept as a means of attracting, retaining and engaging the top talent that is available to them. As the growing number of millennials enter the workforce, leadership teams and business owners are going to be charged with understanding the role office design and work culture have on their bottom line. Don’t ignore it, embrace it. Create spaces that make your employees feel comfortable, productive and most importantly allow for the growth and advancement of your brand. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josh Jennings, Director of Business Development

Tech Valley Office Interiors

Josh Jennings is the Director of Business Development at Tech Valley Office Interiors and Nu2u Quality Used Office Furniture. To contact Josh, call 518.437.1089 or email jjennings@tovinu2u.com.

 

About TVOI
Since 2005, Tech Valley Office Interiors has been providing excellent pricing, commercial grade furnishings and exceptional service to its customers. Using these principles, they have grown into a company that provides a customer experience that cannot be matched. Offering a complete range of new furniture, pre-owned furniture, interior design, space planning, installation, moving services and clean out they are a one-stop shop.

In 2011, TVOI was combined with Nu2u Quality Used Office Furniture to create an 8,600-square foot showroom of both new and pre-owned furniture. With access to both, your project can be completed on your budget and timeline. Their experienced staff brings a unique skill set to the market that can be utilized on a variable cost basis. Use them for a complete project installation, or on a project-by-project basis.


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