We were downright inspired by a recent article at bizjournals.com by Laura Fries. It tackles millennial office design, and how to create office designs and layouts that millennials will find inviting, flexible, and conducive to productivity. Millennials tend to think differently about work - including the process of getting work done, the settings where they can be most productive, and the level of collaboration vs. privacy they desire.
ValueClick in Chicago, IL - with permission
Millennials are looking for less silos and more collaboration at the workplace, and they want their office desk designs to reflect this. In an ideal millennial work environment, offices would be less linear, boring, and walled off. There would be more openness, flexibility of where one could accomplish his or her work, and various sizes of rooms, desks, and tables in which to work and collaborate. These desires are beginning to be met with new designs.
This article tackled some very important points about how businesses today can arrange and design their offices and workplace policies, and promoted ideas like these:
Getty Images in Seattle,WA - with permission
Zappos in Las Vegas, NV - with permission
These ideas are excellent and can go a long way toward increasing worker productivity, satisfaction, work/home balance, and even health!
We don't say "health" lightly, either. Working in this new way, with more openness, less competition, more collaboration, and more flexibility actually DOES lead to better health - mentally, emotionally, and physically!
As more and more companies are filled with fewer baby boomers and more millennials, altering workplaces to reflect this changing demographic will become less an eclectic luxury of the technology company and more a necessity across industries.
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