Does Your Office Design Attract Millennials? Here Are the Must-Have Perks
According to the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, Orlando is the #1 best city for millennials. The Orlando Sentinel likewise reported Orlando as being a top spot for this group. With 20 percent of the workforce being composed of millennials along with the state of the local housing market and a large percentage of entry level jobs available, offices should ensure that they’re prepared to accommodate this growing demographic. Here are all the tips you need to know to guarantee that your office design and office furniture attracts and inspires millennial workers.
Open spaces that allow collaboration
Say goodbye to traditional cubicles or desks if millennials dominate your Orlando office. They’re all about open spaces because it allows them to share ideas and collaborate with others. Even the opportunity to see other people or discuss ideas throughout the process can lead to improved results. Swap out your existing arrangement for an open layout and office furniture that encourages this interaction if you have a millennial-dominated office.
Make your office dog-friendly
Right now, you might be saying, “Wait, what?” Dog-friendly companies have been shown to give millennials greater work satisfaction because it allows them to focus better and actually work longer hours. This is likely because you eliminate a factor for why they wouldn’t want to be in the office. If they can bring their (well-behaved) dog to work, then they don’t have to worry about leaving at a certain time to let their dog out or feed them. They can easily do that on any work breaks they need to do to clear their head.
So, what does that have to do with the office design? Well, designing your office to make it dog-friendly will obviously make this a more seamless process. If you have the ability to allow this, make sure you include this in your design plans.
Brighten up your space
Gray? Black? White? Boring! These are traditional office colors, and let’s be honest, they’re dull. While they may not deter the generations before them, millennials think so, and 1 in 5 millennials reports turning down a job for the office space. Brighten up your space — you won’t be sorry!
Skip the artificial light
You can picture a poorly lit office with few windows and lots of artificial light. It’s hard to work in, and you feel like you’re suffocating half of the day while you sit in your office chair in your cubicle. Plants have health benefits like reducing headaches and eye strain and improving mood and drowsiness. Incorporate as much sunlight into your space as possible for the best results.
Use plants as accents
Plants are another natural factor that helps improve mood. Workspaces that have plants have been shown to have increased productivity and reduced stress (not to mention cleaner air!). Be sure to use plants as accents on your office furniture to ensure a balance around the office. The following are some of the best plants for office spaces: Devil's Ivy, weeping fig, snake plant, dracaena, and a variety of cacti plants.
Head over to Interior Contract Services for further information about office furniture design. We’re located at 3939 North John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL and ready to help take your space to the next level. Give us call at 407-294-4141 to learn more on how we can help.