By Brook Furniture Rental –

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, Millennials will make up 40% of the workforce by 2020. The Millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, are reinventing the workplace and bring with them some very different ideas, attitudes, and aspirations than the generation before them. Companies need to rethink management style, office furniture options, and floor plan designs, as well as social awareness, to attract and retain the top talent of this younger generation.

Email is Out

Email has been a standard method of communication for years. However, the influence of Millennials who prefer to communicate by more efficient means, such as chat and Skype, are forcing many companies to examine the way they communicate. As the number of tech-savvy Millennials increase in the workplace, organizations can expect to see alternative communication tools, online project management, and collaboration technology as a replacement for emails.

Digital Natives

In a March 2014 report, Pew Research calls Millennials “digital natives,” the only generation for which these new technologies are not something they’ve had to adapt to.” Clearly, it is Millennials’ comfort with the digital era that sets them apart. Growing up in a time where change is constant, communication is instant, and information is always accessible, Millennials have embraced technology and social sharing as a part of their connected lives.

Office Design Evolves

Beyond a digital environment, a Millennial-friendly workplace needs to promote comfort as well as collaboration. Sterile cubicles are being replaced with open-concept environments that encourage more in-person interaction. Today’s office furniture solutions feature modular desks and ergonomic sit-to-stand desking, as well as comfortable couches and chairs for collaborative meetings and private work areas. Millennials seek out companies that offer a stimulating environment that blends work and daily life together with a focus on well-being.

Feedback and Flexibility

Unlike Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who seek job security and structure, Millennials embrace flexibility, regular learning, and require constant feedback. Accustomed to technologies and social networks that provide instant gratification, they expect the same in their work environment. Millenials are turning away from rigid 9-to-5 corporate structures and are instead seeking workplaces that offer dynamic environments, or those that allow for flexibility in when and where work is performed.

For management leaders, understanding Millennials is key to success. Providing a work environment that promotes interactivity, flexibility, and an understanding of the diverse demographics that make up an organization can lead to a sustainable workplace now and in the future.

Brook Furniture Rental’s trained office furniture rental professionals can help evaluate your workplace and offer solutions that meet the changing needs of your office environment. From ergonomic seating to modular desk solutions, we can help you redesign your office space to match changing office dynamics. Visit our website or contact us for more information. 877.285.7368

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