So why not use your office space as a competitive advantage? Here are five elements millennials and Gen Z crave in the office space of today:
Millennials and Gen Z are used to collaborating, which is why workspaces need to be flexible and adaptable. Think using movable furniture that workers can reconfigure to form different groupings, from rolling chairs to movable white boards and other tools that can contribute to group dynamics.
While Gen Z values teamwork, they also like quiet spaces to work alone or to have one-on-one meetings. “A hybrid office plan with private as well as collaborative work spaces can be the environment of choice,” suggests Human Resource Executive magazine.
It likely comes as no surprise that these “digital natives” are focused on workplace technology. Substandard offerings might even cause them to walk out the door: A Future Workforce study found that more than 40% of those aged 18 to 34 would quit a job if the tech was subpar, compared to one quarter of those aged 35 and older. In addition, more than 80% of the younger group consider workplace tech as a factor when considering a job offer, versus 67% of those 35 and older.
Believe it or not, “natural light” was what office professionals craved the most in the Capital One survey, cited by 62%. So, consider going ahead and let the sunshine in by positioning as many desks as possible near windows and allowing employees to control their blinds to let there be light.
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
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