Millennials are a generation that seeks communication, flexibility and a choice on how they work and the right office design can give them that. The workplace needs to offer more than an open-plan space with good social spaces, the best Millennial and Gen Z talent want real flexibility to split their time between the office and remote locations.
The Deloitte Global 2022 Gen Z and Millennial Survey showed that 75% of Gen Zs and 76% of Millennials would prefer working patterns where they either split their time between remote and on-site work or work entirely from home. This shows that this is not a breakaway minority that wants this change, but a majority that aligns with both generations. The Deloitte survey also showed that many companies were not able to meet these demands with only 49% of Gen Zs and 45% of Millennials being given the option to work outside of the office for part of the week.
With a need for greater connectivity and more shared working spaces, the traditional office layout is becoming more diluted. Companies with a hybrid workforce have seen the need for more multi-use areas and increased functionality in the workplace. Breakout spaces and informal seating areas now need to be equipped with the right types of furniture so that they can be used as a work setting as well as their primary purpose. Other considerations like acoustics, meeting pods and increased power outlets are all examples of the changes that can be made to an office to enable flexibility for staff.