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Things to have in mind when designing an office for millennials

(4) But dont neglect privacy

A little privacy is not the enemy of collaboration. In fact, Witthoft emphasises that when theres the extreme of a lot of collaboration, you also need the extreme of a hiding place, or a place to find respite, or a place to do work in for long periods of time.

Balance is as important to your millennial hires as to your seasoned veterans. Though the young might be more open to disruptive group spaces, designers are now describing a privacy crisis that affects us all. A Steelcase survey found that, of the mere 11 per cent of respondents highly satisfied with their work environment, the ability to concentrate easily meant more to employees than being able to freely express and share ideas.

As a provider of workplace solutions, youd expect Herman Miller to get office design right, and they dont disappoint. Their team have imagined ten different work settings, with each optimised for purpose, character and activity .

For example, a Haven is a private space that facilitates focused work, while a Clubhouse is a base for teams working together.

The companys workplace archetypes provide a valuable model to all designers. Create a variety of spaces, collaborative and private, thatll aid the task at hand. Whether it’s enclosed furniture, quiet regions or staff lockers, be sure to reaffirm your dedication to privacy.

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(5) Break the rules

In a YouGov poll, innovation was the top word millennials chose to describe the kind of culture they want to see in business. What does that mean for office design Dont be afraid to break the rules.

Googles original New York office, like so many Silicon Valley tech firms, features pool tables, arcade machines, electric scooters and all other forms of whimsy. The playful office is now so commonplace that its innovative origins are often overlooked. Return to the earliest days of Google and youll see that same playful attitude on show.

In truth, it’s not the slides or ping pong tables that bring gaggles of talented young people to Googles door. Its their willingness to break the rules, to develop entirely new workplace paradigms that express the companys perspective. Thats no easy task, but if you hope to convince millennials of your unique purpose, doing things differently is the ultimate start.

Tom Brialey is the owner of Action Storage

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