No wonder people have started paying attention to the design and construction of our working environment since after all, we spend way too much time in our workplace. If you would like to learn more about all the properties which can make for a better working environment, you have come to the right place. We promise you that with these tips and ideas you will be able to make a better working environment for your colleagues or your employees. These quick and easy tips will make a difference in just about any office, but you can also implement and use these tips for other working environments as well.
A new breed of young, talented and opinionated workers are planting their flags in businesses across the world. Generation Y (age 20-30) has shaped many companies that you have heard of, such as Goldman Sachs, Google, and Nike. Young talent is also infiltrating lesser-known enterprises in your backyard. Attracting and retaining the newest members of your workforce has a lot to do with the environment they work in, and your tenants may be at a disadvantage at the hiring fair if their workspace doesn’t reflect the core values of Gen Y.
Death of the Cubicle (Sort Of)
It is hard to let go, but the high-walled cubicle is now only appropriate for a small percentage of workers. Younger and older generations are thriving in a more open, collaborative environment. A few years ago, this was called a movement, but it is almost a rule now. A low-walled workstation has always been more economical, and it is now more appreciated.
Newer workstations have a somewhat similar footprint to those of the last few decades, but the walls are coming down a bit.Tall panel walls and cubed workstations are making way for spaces where workers can make eye contact with people around them. But it is not just about eye contact; Generation Y values a contemporary space where communication and teamwork are encouraged. A physical space that balances privacy with openness is crucial to nurturing this collaboration. Also important are common spaces where people can step away from their desks to share information with fellow employees.
The Social Workplace
Although the social business environment is somewhat influenced by the younger members of our workforce, workers of all ages crave collaboration and communication. Productivity today depends on it, and the environments in which people work must facilitate it. Open workstations are only a small part of the equation. Individual workspaces should be complemented by multiple, small meeting areas. These areas can be as simple as a tall table with stools, a small traditional meeting table or a cluster of lounge chairs.
Smaller meeting spaces don’t even need walls. They can and should be out in the open where they are easily accessed by nearby thinkers.
Gen Y is a very mobile people.They need to get away from their desks a few times a day and thought-share with people around them. This is beneficial to their overall health (which they appreciate), and it’s also beneficial to the way a business functions. What’s more, a block of small breakout areas can serve as the delineation between different types of work being done.
The beauty of space with fewer walls is that it is better for your bottom line. Less material equals lower cost and higher ROI. The separation between workstations used to consist of a tall fabric panel, but now separation can be accomplished with a shared low storage cabinet or light-scale divider.
Lower panel walls also allow natural light to penetrate farther into workspaces, reducing the need for excessive artificial light. Airflow is also improved. These are huge steps for environmental sustainability. It should be noted that improvements in sustainability are appreciated by elder generations just as much as the younger ones.
Perception of Environment
Gen Y-ers are not job hoppers. They are looking to earn longterm meaningful experience with businesses that are willing to help them learn. Attracting and keeping this valuable talent has a lot to do with creating an environment that speaks to the way they function. They carry a strong emotional connection to the place they work. It’s only natural since they spend nine-plus hours per day there. Other generations are following suit.
Realize that business is about connecting with people, and that collaboration is the new rule. A well-designed workplace with ample opportunity for communication is elemental in the way business functions. The physical space in which people work is changing. So step out of your cubicle and embrace the transition.