(2) Be flexible
Numerous surveys, including Deloittes, show that millennials value flexibility. Traditional office design, which all too often relies on a straightforward one-size-fits-all layout, is poorly equipped to meet that demand.
In todays volatile, digital world, employees are asked to take on a range of activities, from solo, focused work to creative group meetings, all in a single day. Ask the question, how is your office organised Does it provide the perfect space for each task
If your staff are fixed in space according to the arbitrary lines of department, it might be time to reconsider.
For games developer Valve, office design is a critical part of its organisational structure. The business relies on the principle of self-organisation. Staff arent directed by managers; instead, teams form organically based on the need to complete a feature or game component.
The whole system is made possible by movable desks and freight elevators, which mean employees can move quickly to form groups on any floor of the building.
Clearly, thats not a model for every business. Yet, it beautifully demonstrates one law of office design: space defines behaviour. If you expect your team to be flexible, and you hope to attract millennials, who respond to varied interactions, you must design an office that supports these behaviours.
(3) Promote collaboration
Twice as many millennials are very satisfied with professional development when theres a high level of collaboration. As Deloitte points out, thats important because professional development satisfaction is one of the strongest indicators of millennial loyalty.
Promoting collaboration isnt simply a matter of going open-plan designers and psychologists are now warning against the dangers of the open office. Its about creating a space that supports the free flow of ideas, helping people share these as quickly and effectively as possible.
Stanfords d.school is a space built iteratively over half a decade to develop new prototypes for collaboration. Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, its designers, are full of powerful and actionable ideas for promoting collaboration.
They encourage popular techniques like team breakout areas and movable furniture, but they also ask you to consider the effect of posture on team interactions, or status symbols on the willingness to share ideas.
In essence, it’s important to think deeply on precisely how your space will encourage collaboration. Does placing all your staff in a single room really allow people to communicate as you hope