Millennials make up a majority of the workforce, and as a business owner you need to be aware of what types of setups and workstations these individuals work in. A majority of the changes that have happened in the workstation setup, such as the products and technologies that we incorporate, happened because of millennials and studies that have proven that change needed to happen in the workstation in order for productivity and healthy to hit a peak. Here are some of the changes that you should be considering with the office interior design and furniture that you choose.
Separation isn’t Bad
One of the things that people believe millennials want to see in an office space is a wide, open space. For a while, many companies were investing and building spaces that had large spaces with fewer walls. The reasoning behind this, at least the way that everyone justified it, was that millennials love being able to collaborate and having a space like this makes it easier for them to do so. But is that really the case?
While millennials definitely don’t mind being able to collaborate and get to know their fellow work mates, having some separation in your workspace is not a bad thing. Even small amounts of separation, like half walls between desks or separators between different departments or sections, can contribute to a higher level of productivity while still giving the space an overall open feeling.
If you don’t have the ability to have a medium between wide open and entirely separated, then the best thing that you can do is create spaces that are designed with collaboration in mind. This can take place in an open space with tables and drawing boards, but it can also take place in something a little more structured, like a conference room.
Open Door Feel
We just talked a little bit about collaboration, but one of the areas of collaboration that millennials love having accessible are their leaders. Back in the day, managers, supervisors and CEO’s would have an office space away from the rest of the employees. It would have thick doors, a standard desk and a couple of chairs for the instances where employees had to come in and talk to the higher positions in a company.
Now, the one thing that we do see often in businesses is an open door type of feel. This means that there are usually glass walls or doors separating the leaders from their team or an actual open accessibility with each other. This has proven to build stronger relationships between leaders and their team and has shifted the view of leaders being intimidating, to them being mentors. If this is a concept that you’re not accustomed to or familiar with, it’s one that you should start to work towards, because it should absolutely be something that you incorporate into your design.
The great thing about this setup is that you can still enjoy the same executive look even if the overall feel is very open. We have a huge selection of executive office furniture that you can choose from to find the right pieces for your home.
More Than a Workstation
It may be more than you’re willing to consider, given the fact that you’re already giving them a job, but millennials are looking for a workstation that is more than just a workstation. For many, they want to be working at a place where they can also prioritize health and productivity in their workspace.
One of the main ways that we’ve seen this implemented is through the sit-stand desks that have been a popular item in many offices. This is one of the things that allows for employees to spend time outside of a chair, even when they’re working, while also being able to work on their posture, have a space to call their own, and get some versatility from the standard desk.
There have been so many different studies that go over how this change in desks can make a huge difference within the workplace, so if you’re not entirely sold, check some studies out. This study from Healthline does a great job of explaining what standing desks are as well as the benefits of using one.
Breaks are not something that every office factors into their office design, and it makes sense that it hasn’t always been a priority when determining what types of things should be in an office space. While the concept of breaks haven’t changed too much, there certainly is a different feel with the way that people take them.
Sure some people still use their breaks to run out and have a smoke, but for millennials, most breaks are spent playing ping pong, pool or some other game. The thought process here is that these types of activities are great for clearing your mind and getting back to work with even more focus on the task that is about to get completed.
Big name brands like Google are known for these types of spaces and the activities that can be found scattered throughout the office. Now, this may not be something that you can find when you shop our selection of products, but it is definitely something that you should start taking into consideration regardless of the individuals that you plan on having in your space, because this is another area that has proven to be extremely beneficial with production levels and overall happiness in a workplace. You’ll see just how different this one change can make in a workplace in just a matter of weeks!
Regardless of what it is that you’re trying to achieve in your workspace, Jefferson Group, LLC has a huge selection of pieces for you to choose from. Being able to provide companies with the furniture that they need is one of our biggest goals, and we achieve that in the selection that we have. Browse the selection online and check out the variety we carry, but always reach out to ask us any questions that you may have regarding the pieces online.