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1 in 5 young UK millennials have said “no thanks” to poor office design.
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1 in 5 young UK millennials have said “no thanks” to poor office design.

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.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Amenities Checklist:

  • 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.


Circulation space…you need more than you may think. Let’s do the math.
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Circulation space…you need more than you may think. Let’s do the math.

An common miscalculation in circulation space can underestimate usable area requirements by between 9% and 20%; a very significant difference that has both practical and legal ramifications.

Source: www.interiorsandsources.com

 

This article explains how a simple error in the application of a circulation multiplier in a space program can have serious consequences, putting your firm at risk for advising the client to purchase, build, or lease a space that is too small for their needs. It is a simple error, one the authors have seen made by well-known firms.

The bottom line is, if you want 30% circulation space in a 10,000 square foot area, you need multiply the program elements (e.g., offices, workstations, meeting rooms, support areas) by 42.86%, not 30%.


In-depth look at how and why financial institutions are changing they way they work 
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In-depth look at how and why financial institutions are changing they way they work 

HOK's new report, “The New Financial Workplace,” is an investigation of the forces reshaping the financial industry and how workplace design can position these companies for success.

Source: www.hok.com

This 35-page paper examines the banking industry, the threats it's facing, and how their workplace strategies are evolving to meet the challenge. It includes:

 

  • Threats and challenges
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Talent imperatives
  • Benchmarking data
  • Case studies
  • Industry trends 

 

While the paper is industry-specific, other sectors will find the journey enlightening. 

 


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A simple ‘thank you’ will help you attract and retain talent? 

"On a given day, only 10 percent of people say “thank you” to colleagues—and 60 percent of people report that they never or very rarely express gratitude at work. So OpenIDEO posed a challenge for the best ideas on how  express gratitude in the workplace. Over 300 contributions later they announced the winners.

Source: challenges.openideo.com

You can have a look at the winning ideas here, but the real winners are the employers that are doing something about the sad state of gratitude. In addition to lower turnover, research by Harvard and Wharton shows a simple 'thank you' can boost productivity by over 50%.

The article points to a number of great research papers and articles about gratitude. Here are a few quick tips for getting started:

  • Start at the top; people want to hear it from the boss
  • Thank the people who do thankless work
  • Quality and authenticity trump quantity
  • Gratitude isn’t one-size-fits-all
  • Make it personal

And there's a bonus in expressing gratitude. It feels good. 

Thank you for reading this post!


The fake news about Millennials…Let’s get the facts straight 
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The fake news about Millennials…Let’s get the facts straight 

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

Source: www.bbc.com

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. 


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