Over a fifth of millennials have turned their back on a job because of the poor design of an office: 16%t of 18-24 year olds said that they have left a job because of how poorly designed the office was, while 31% of UK workers said their working environment makes is uninspired.
- Kitchen - check
- Meeting rooms - check
- Free coffee - check
- Ability to attract young talent - uncheck
What do they really care about?
- Natural light
- Air conditioning
- Interior lighting
- Doggie daycare
- Breakout areas that offer privacy
Admittedly, Mindspace has skin in the game, but this isn't the first study that shows what employers think their people want and what they really want is pretty darn different.
The bottom line: Ask them (the people you're trying to attract) what matters to them.
Millennially Minded: What the younger generation thinks about working life in the future
Raconteur's data roundup on Millennials shows them to be bullish on how automation will impact productivity, economic growth, leisure time, and flexibility. They're bearish on how it will influence human interaction, the need for retraining, and job opportunities.
Maybe many of the assumptions we make about Gen Y aren’t unique to this generation. Maybe they’re specific to young people in general, writes Amanda Ruggeri
Garbage in, garbage out as they say, and in terms of designing for millennials, your workplace may be the garbage. That Gen Y is so different really is fake news. Remember beanbag chairs, lava lamps, and nahru jackets? What if workplaces had been completely redesigned to fit young boomers?
This article debunks nearly all we think we know about Millennials. Compared to other generations:
- They work harder
- They are more respectful of authority
- They stay on the job longer
Though not covered in this article, other research shows they are not more collaborative, tech savvy, or social.
Critically, in terms of workplace design, like every generation in the past, they will change throughout their lives. Already, the trends are showing the eldest among them are buying cars, having kids, and moving to the suburbs to raise them.
The bottom line is, it's time to stop making assumptions about how people are , get out there and talk to them about what they want and need, and design with the knowledge that they will change over time.
..."new study by Accenture on the workforce of the future which reveals that new graduates are increasingly digital, embracing new technologies, both to find work and on the job."
If you are looking to snag some young talent be sure to offer meaningful work, lots of training opportunities, and the latest technology.
In a desperate bid to retain young workers, advertising agencies have started to look more like startups, hoping that chill vibes will keep people from quitting.
It's not the ping pong and foosball that attracts employees to Google, it's good pay and the opportunity to work on cool stuff. The rest is a waste money if people don't have their basic human needs met.