Integrated Agile Workspaces

Among the many stereotypes thrust upon millennials is their overwhelming desire to be collaborative. It turns out however, millennials have a lot more in common with the baby boomer generation, and would actually like a little peace and quiet to get their work done. In fact, a recent survey from Oxford Economics found that “the ability to focus and work without interruptions” was ranked #1 most important by 29% of respondents from a pool of 1,200 employees across a wide range of industries. Half of them were bothered by lack

It’s no surprise really. As baby boomers reach retirement and millennials begin stepping into executive positions, they’re taking on the kinds of responsibilities that require in-depth, strategic thinking. Having a quiet workspace allows them to tune out chatter, which in turn increases productivity and overall morale throughout the workplace.

Architects, designers and project managers trying to develop meaningful workspaces to cater a wide range of work styles might want to focus less on ping pong tables and brag worthy breakrooms, and more on creating personal offices or quiet spaces which allow team members to work their best.

For this reason, the future office must really embrace the dynamic, fluid nature of work in today’s business landscape. By creating an agile workplace where employees are flexible in choosing the best type of space for the work at hand, you are making room for them to move seamlessly through individual and group work – fully supporting work flow from a 360 degree perspective.

 

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The Millennials Are Moving Up. What Does That Mean For Business? 

It seems like only yesterday we started talking about millennials in the workplace. However, considering the fact that millennials were born between 1978 and 2004, the oldest are now approaching 37. They’re already a major part of our work culture. In fact, by 2025, this generation will make up 75% of the global workforce – which means organizations are considering an entirely new challenge: preparing millennials for management and executive roles.

Generally speaking, millennials are a tolerant, curious, positive, sharing, connected, flexible, generation that are true to themselves. You may have already noticed that millennial team members tend to thrive when they are allowed extra space and time to brainstorm and explore new ideas, while remaining close to their teammates for mentorship and connection.

Many millennials cannot imagine a point in time where the world was not available at their fingertips. Their up-to-the-minute understanding of innovative solutions, round-the-clock availability and global engagement will keep an organization ahead of the curve in today’ constantly shifting technological landscape.

Integrating a work culture and design space that reduces boundaries will allow an organization to get the most out of millennials fresh, entrepreneurial perspective. This could include incorporating flexible work hours or remote work opportunities into your employee offering. Traditional office spaces will be a thing of the past leading to a new way of envisioning work space design.

Creating an environment and culture that fosters growth and professional development in a unique and customized manner will not only streamline workflow and enhance productivity – it will help you retain key innovators – allowing you to build a leadership team that is well ahead of the future.

 

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Future of Workspaces – Designing for the growing Millenial

When it comes to designing a new office, doing so with millennials in mind is a good idea. It’s estimated that one third of the workforce is made up of people who reached adulthood in the 2000’s. That number is expected to grow to three quarters in just the next ten years.

So what can we do to make sure that our offices are appealing to this tech savvy bunch? Open communication and giving back to the community are both vital for young up and comers. So cubicles are not a good idea. But it’s great to have a public area that shows how the firm makes a difference throughout the world. Posting pictures of projects that help the community can be a big motivation for millennials.

Instead of big boardrooms for meetings, a more casual area where ideas can flow freely is a much better option. Cubicles surrounded by closed off offices can give the feeling of a closed off culture. Whereas an open floor plan where everyone can openly communicate gives a sense of transparency within the firm. The ability for new team members to easily reach out to the more experienced ones can make millennials feel more comfortable and accepted.

What are some things to consider when you are designing an office to attract potential Generation Y employees? Dedicated areas allowing employees to think and concentrate are important. But so are areas in which they can collaborate on projects and openly talk about their work. More sustainable and environmentally conscious design should be implemented. Try decorating with a lot of plants to give the office a brighter and fresh appeal. Brightly colored furniture and decoration give offices a more active feel.

Millennials will definitely change the way that offices function and how they are laid out. If you are designing an office of your own or for a client, it is important to implement some of the strategies to give a more modern look. Younger employees may not stick around if they are with a firm that they don’t feel closely aligned with.

 

 

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The Millennials Have Arrived – Welcome To The Future Of Your Workspace

This year, millennials will reach a major milestone, surpassing baby boomers and Gen Xers to become the largest generation in today’s workface.

What does that mean for the workplace? A few things. Mobile technology has allowed millennials to develop a unique approach when seeking out the best places to study, research, work and collaborate. Now that they are so deeply integrated in the workforce, millennials are looking for workspaces as flexible as their devices.

Designing a workspace that creates a sense of open, transparency with room for collaborative work to take place – also tells employees that they are valued in a space that makes senior executives more approachable.

When considering new design structures that will empower your employees to work their best, consider the following:

Design and Furniture

The physical layout of the office is the first clue into company culture, instead of traditional (and old school) cubicles, opt for contemporary furniture and a design that mirrors the company’s creative mentality. Portable desks and chairs are easy ways to cultivate collaboration between team members or provide a simple change of scenery.

Sustainability

Reducing our environmental impact is more important than ever before. Employees are seeking out employers whose social responsibility efforts are aligned with their own. Consider reducing energy use by integrating solar solutions, introducing comprehensive recycling programs, going as paperless as possible, using non-toxic cleaning supplies and providing fair trade products in your breakroom.

Collaboration Areas

Integrate break out spaces that foster spontaneous brainstorms or meetings to encourage innovative approaches and boost productivity in the workplace. Furnishing these spaces with comfortable seating and the necessary technology promotes easy and relaxed communication.

Community Space

Coffee bars and accessible break areas provide a sense of community between all generations in the office. Allow employees to contribute to the design of the office with a photo wall or place to showcase internal awards or relevant industry articles.

Considering the long hours our new generation of employees are putting in, it only makes sense that they want to feel at home. Designing workspaces that speak to a new culture of employees, is becoming increasingly important in attracting and retaining top tier candidates.Startup Stock Photo