This year millennials will comprise half of the American workforce. By the year 2025, about 75 percent of the global workforce will be millennials. This generation will directly shape the cultures of most companies in many ways.
According to Glassdoor, nearly 80 percent of millennials look for a people and culture fit with employers, followed by career potential. Many company’s leave office culture to evolve on its own. But, the benefits of a positive workforce are almost immeasurable, so it may be a good idea to understand this new generation in the workforce. Learn what makes them happy, comfortable, and productive. Not only will you retain employees, but your company’s productivity and profitability will benefit as well.
Efficiency is the foundation of productivity in the business and office environment. In other words, it will take your staff more time to complete tasks and be productive if the office isn’t efficient. One essential element of productivity is to provide a comfortable work environment. Custom design furniture can support the variety of tasks being carried out by the individuals in the workforce, playing a pivotal role in employee comfort, creativity, efficiency, and productivity.
Keep in mind, design trends will change over the years, so it’s essential to focus on the basics like desks, seating, spaces, colors, and textures. Ask yourself, “Does this meet our employees’ day-to-day needs and make the most of our available space?”
An attractive, comfortable office is one of the most important things that a company can do to secure the best workers of the millennial generation. How? Through color, texture, and design as well as functionality. The use of colors can be an essential design element. Blue, for instance, inspires tranquility, while green is one of the easiest colors for the human eyes to focus on for long periods, so it might bode well in a conference room. Mirrors, which add depth and perspective, can make a small space seem more significant.
Today’s office environments are typically very dynamic and fast-paced, making technology and mobility essential. Although many offices today are focused on teamwork and collaboration, it’s a good idea to evaluate which types of furniture best support your own company’s unique needs and everyone’s day-to-day activities.
BENCHING WORKSTATIONS ARE TRENDING
A great way to maximize space in an office, benching workstations can accommodate multiple employees and encourage both privacy and collaboration, making them affordable and convenient. Benching workstations appeal to most millennials who want to be part of a team. They need a sense of belonging and a chance to make a difference.
It’s also important to understand and trust your workforce. This might be a good time to gather your employees and management team into the conference room and ask them what they think. The dTank team would be happy to assist you with a list of questions to begin the process. What if you live and work in a warm climate? A well-furnished, comfortable outdoor area might be ideal for taking a much-needed break to replenish creativity and productivity, rather than employees being cooped up in a kitchen-like breakroom.
COMFORTABLE OUTDOOR BREAKS
Let’s not forget the importance of taking breaks. The breakroom, often the core of any office, is where people can get their morning coffee, warm-up lunch and chat with colleagues. Most people who take a break at work today also enjoy going on social media to contact family and friends. But today’s breakrooms have taken a departure.
For example, this dTank design for a retail company located in Burbank, California, enables employees to take a break outdoors and sit on wooden benches to catch up with social media or eat at communal tables.
Custom furniture can help transform workspaces and affect corporate culture and at the same time, custom ergonomically designed office furnishings increase comfort and productivity.
dTank helps design experiences. A global leader in design we work with architects and designers to create custom furniture solutions for corporate spaces. From concept to creation, we handle all of the details for our clients. All of our products are manufactured in the United States using the most advanced fabrication techniques and highest grade materials. To learn more, visit www.dTank.com.