4 Things Gen Z and Millennials Expect From Their Workplace

As expectations on how we work and the workplace are changing how can employers attract the new generation workforce back to the workplace?

 

  • Gen Z and millennials now make up 46% of the full-time U.S. workforce
  • Gen X and Baby Boomers prioritize their desire for ethical leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion are very important to younger generations

 

According to Gallup, Gen Z and millennials now make up nearly half (46%) of the full-time workforce in the U.S.

 

To develop the next generation of organizational leaders, every employer needs to be asking: What do our younger workers want from the workplace?

 

In 2018, Gallup asked Gen Z and millennials what they look for most in an employer — and their answers were surprisingly similar. In fact, these themes have only been amplified over the past year.

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Evolutions In Workspace Design

Zeiss Michigan Quality Excellence Center. Photograph courtesy of SmithGroup. Copyright James Ewing. 

As companies dig into to the future state of work within their own organizations, numerous workplace models will be examined, including satellite offices; hub-and-spoke models; networks of smaller, lower-cost office spaces closer to employees’ homes, to name a few. At the same time, the home office market will also grow exponentially. In fact, we have already seen a handful of office furniture manufacturers pivot to direct-to-consumer marketplaces. Regardless of the model, we remain confident that design solutions will revolve around the employee experience, with a keen eye on flexibility and choice, technology, sustainability and wellbeing, inclusion, and diversity—all culminating into culture-driven environments.

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The Hybrid Post-Pandemic Workplace: Preparing The Workforce For Change

As employees get ready to return to their workplace offices must change to accommodate them in a post-pandemic environment.

 

We share this article which explores the design requirements of the post-pandemic workplace for the hybrid workforce.

 

UVA HR – © Halkin Mason Photography 2020

COVID-19 created a paradigm shift for the future of work. We may never return to “normal,” but the crisis taught us to be more mindful of health and safety, and that the workforce can successfully adapt as we navigate an uncertain future. To get to a “new normal,” the traditional office must be redesigned. In a hybrid workforce world, it’s not only about the plexiglass. It’s about the person.

 

Just as the advent of tech revolutionized the workplace, so too will our work environments adapt to a world in which some people return to the conventional office, but many more will continue to work from remote locations. This will include co-located workers, whose face-to-face office interactions are supported by virtual communication, remote workers who conduct all activities through tech platforms, and hybrid workers whose productivity is supported by a mix of in-person contact and virtual collaboration.

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