CRE Trends We Can Attribute to Millennials
Updated: May 23, 2018
The very idea of where and how we work is undergoing a revolution right now, with major changes being made in physical design and decor. Here's a closer look at 4 CRE trends we can attribute to millennials...
Millennials prefer non-traditional workspaces
While Millennials often get a bad rap for being aloof, self-centered and poor communicators in the workplace, this doesn't seem to hold up in practice. Millennials prefer "work casual" environments -- thriving in open workspaces with lots of common areas for casual, impromptu meetings. Long gone are the closed offices and rows of traditional cubicles; now, glass walls, and even sofas rule the new workplace.
Millennials are comfortable with unassigned workspaces
These days, people aren't the only capital that needs to work smarter, not harder -- offices are regularly required to accomodate more and more workers with less square footage and fewer desks. One solution to this issue is unassigned workspaces. Strategies such as free desking, desk sharing, benching and more all allow employees to work at different places throughout the day. An added bonus? A change in scenery is proven to boost your productivity at work.
Millennials embrace high technology
While technology isn't exactly a design trend, it definitely plays a major role in today's modern workspace. With more and more millennials in leadership roles, outfitting office spaces, technology everywhere -- wireless keyboards and mice, smartboards, dual monitors, personal laptops and tablets, smartphones, and more. And, in true Millennial fashion, these items are pulling double duty -- that PA system that was used in this morning's budget meeting? It's being used for karaoke later during office happy hour.
Millennials are making work fun
One of the most marked trends of millennials in the workplace is that they're making work feel, well...not like work. Millennials work hard and play hard, and they demand an office environment that keeps up with them. They're looking for a space that has plenty of room for office gatherings, or even a pool table or ping pong table. Providing engaging areas throughout the office will help your employees relax and give their brain a rest. And rest assured, they'll be back at work in no time -- recharged and ready to go.