Consider the Location
Whether you are looking to relocate or are setting up a new business, consider the location. Many millennials prefer to work in the same neighborhood where they work so they have a short commute. If possible, choose a building close to the center of town or near the newest high-rise apartment complex in order to attract workers who live nearby. Look for a historic open factory building or upgrade an existing office.
Open Up Your Office Space
For millennials, community and collaboration matter, and one way to foster this type of atmosphere is with an open office concept. Group teams together or even offer shared desks within the same department. Be sure to provide private meeting rooms for phone calls, focused work, and personal downtime. It’s also a good idea to create community spaces where employees can relax in bean bag chairs or on couches, play video games, and enjoy each other’s company in a comfortable setting away from their usual work areas. An open office plan can modernize your workspace and make the office experience more relaxed, collaborative and productive.
Choose Adaptable Furniture
Health-conscious millennials prefer to stay active rather than sit in a cubicle all day. Purchase standing or convertible desks that allow workers to move around throughout the course of the day. Standing desks help keep workers healthier, improve moods, increase productivity and can reduce chronic pain in those with back problems. The newest smart desk models can even alert workers when they need to change position and track workplace habits over time.
Upgrade Your Company Breakroom
Often, the way to the millennial heart is through the stomach. If money permits, consider turning a lifeless breakroom into a trendy café or coffee bar. At the very least, provide healthy snacks and vending items like oatmeal, energy bars, water, juice, and fresh fruits. By keeping healthy food available, you’ll reduce the need for workers to leave during the day and help increase their job satisfaction.
Create a Flexible Work Environment
Millennials value the ability to blend their personal lives with their work, so it’s important to create a flexible office environment that gives them the opportunity to control when and where they work and when they play. Consider letting employees choose the hours they work. For many positions, as long as the job gets done, it shouldn’t matter if they prefer to come in later in the day or if they like to arrive before others in the office. Making hours more flexible also can help decrease absenteeism.
Remote work is another element of the modern workplace that fits millennials’ need for flexibility. Technology has made it easy for employees, supervisors, collaborators, teams, and even clients to stay connected no matter where workers find themselves physically. Even occasional opportunities to work remotely are appreciated by workers and cut down on commute times and dissatisfaction.