Millennials are a vital part of the Workforce. What they want in office design, what inspires them to perform at the top of their game, are the things that make an entire company hum with excitement and productivity.
The problem is, up until now, we’ve still been thinking of Millennials as young people who want shiny toys like office slides and happy hour lounges instead of adults who want smarter ways to be productive and collaborative to grow the business they love working for. If you want Top Talent in your company, design your workspace with Millennials in Mind. What they want are reasonable office features and amenities that benefit everyone.
Give them light.
Light makes us happy, after all. Natural light positively affects our mood and increases our sense of wellbeing. When designing new space or retrofitting current space, design using large energy efficient solar power windows. They will offset the cost of installation and save the planet. Everyone wins, including Millennials and Earth.
A little artwork on the walls, pops of color in the furnishings, and sophisticated design – these things matter to the Millennial. They have an eye for aesthetics and appreciate an environment that is attractive and intellectually appealing. If they’re going to spend time there, they want it to be an attractive place to be.
Make it move.
Adjustable furniture such as sit and stand desks and ergonomic chairs make a massive difference in how everyone approaches work. That sitting is the “new smoking” isn’t lost on this generation and these perks are expected in a modern office. The old paradigm of coming into work, pulling up an uncomfortable chair, and staying put until you punched out for the day is thankfully a standard most Millennials have never experienced.
Versatility is key.
From collaborating, to alone time, the need for multi-function furniture makes changing headspace efficient and comfortable. A dedicated room with cozy furniture helps with a necessary teamwork brainstorming session, while a quiet nook with an acoustic chair is the ideal spot for heavy concentration.
Give them nice perks.
They don’t want roller coasters and vending machines, but Millennials are looking for some nice perks. Everyone on your team will benefit from an onsite gym (or a gym membership), a community garden, a media room, and/or a bicycle rack. Take it up a notch with a concierge service to fetch dry cleaning, prescriptions, and groceries. Remember, the happier they are, the better work they’ll do.
The old paradigm of coming into work, pulling up an uncomfortable chair, and staying put until you punched out for the day is thankfully a standard most Millennials have never experienced.
Millennials aren’t the enemy, and the things they want aren’t extravagant.