07 · 06 · 2017
How Office Design Can Attract Top Millennial Talent
Millennials are changing the workplace. They are tech-savvy, diverse, connected and on a mission to change the world. At the same time, competition for the best new talent is fierce. Companies are doing whatever they can to attract and recruit top talent with vision and technical competency. These future leaders are now taking the workplace by storm, changing attitudes towards work, creating new ways of getting things done and demanding workspaces that can adapt to their needs.
Here are some of the key elements that make workplaces most attractive to Millennials:
Collaborative work areas
Generally speaking, Millennials prefer to work collaboratively. They appreciate a workspace that is both active and adaptable. Where workers in past generations would have a meeting in a conference room or in one person’s office, many Millennials want to have access to areas where they can gather with their laptops, throw visuals up on a screen and work together.
Does your office feature such spaces? Do you utilize open areas, or even cafes or even huddle rooms that are available for collaborative sessions? If not, consider how your space can be adapted to be more collaborative and active.
Technology that lets them work on the move
If anything is true about Millennials, it is that they are the most tech-savvy and connected generation ever. They need surroundings that help them work from anywhere. They don’t need to be at their desks or even in their offices to get things done. They want environments that support this.
That might be video conferencing facilities that let people work together from home or multiple offices or lounge areas within an office equipped with movable furniture, multiple ports and lot of outlets.
Amenities that wow them
If you want the best Millennial talent, your lobby and workplace need to not only welcome, but also impress them. If your office feels closed in and features the dark furniture that characterized past workplaces, chances are you’ll get a “thanks, but no thanks” from this generation. These are the employees who came of age hearing about the amenities of companies like Facebook and Google. They expect comforts like on-site cafes, healthy eating alternatives in the dining facilities and on-site gyms.
Many cafe areas now incorporate things like high-end cappuccino machines, small movable tables, Wi-Fi access, whiteboard walls, smart boards and screens for collaborative work.
Millennial-friendly dining areas go way beyond yesterday’s breakrooms with vending machines that dispensed stale candy bars and moldy tuna sandwiches. Today’s vending machines have been updated, offering quick and healthy snacks like granola and peanuts.
Walk into an office dining area today and you’ll find bright colors lounge chairs, sofas and screens that show news and sports. These are destinations that are open throughout the day offering a place to eat and meet.
And for those fitness-loving Millennials, we’ve been asked to install fitness centers throughout different companies’ office space to encourage employee well-being.
For companies looking to stay ahead of the curve, attracting Millennial talent is essential. Failing to integrate new ways to doing business in today’s dynamic environment is not an option. If your office needs help becoming Millennial-friendly, contact Infinity Group for help immediately via 860-726-9384 or firstname.lastname@example.org