WHAT IS BETTER THAN A WORK ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO BE?

Being the company that has one of the most collaborative, welcoming, and energizing work environments in the business helps to attract that talented software engineer that could find work in Silicon Valley, London, Amsterdam…anywhere really. It’s a simple equation. A dynamic workplace equals top talent.

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Incorporating a range of spaces within the floorplan allows people, regardless of generation to choose the right space.

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Places for social sharing and informal collaboration, such as the Work Cafe, help to build trust and community.

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Members of all generations need comfortable spaces where learning and knowledge sharing can happen.

CREATING A WORK ENVIRONMENT THAT’S BETTER THAN HOME

 

As Gen X and Gen Y workers begin to mature, what they are looking for in a workplace is vastly different than generations before them. They dislike corporate politics and bureaucracy, yet they take on responsibility gladly, especially if it comes with the flexibility to manage their work/life balance. It has become essential to create spaces that attract these knowledge workers – including touchdown stations for mobile work and work cafes and lounge spaces that allow for socialization and informal collaboration.

As the office evolves and the workforce is increasingly mobile, the paradigm is shifting. The workplace must become a place where employees of every generation want to go – to engage, collaborate and learn – and the spaces we design must support these shifting ideals.


WORKPLACE DESIGN THROUGH THE DECADES

1950s & 60s  |  The chance for a private office, maybe even in a corner location, helps attract and motivate the man in the gray flannel suit.

1970s & 80s  |  Signature buildings with big atriums, dramatic lobbies, and assigned cubicles for everyone are icons of successful, desirable employers.

1990s & 00s  |  Dot-com companies popularize foosball and pool tables, casual dress codes, and more informal work environments.

2010 +  |   Workers seek flexible, anywhere/anytime workspace, technology and customization.

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Creating a place where employees of all generations want to be is critical. The workplace has long been employed as a tool to attract, engage, and retain talent, but how it does that continues to change. Boomers are still the largest group in the workforce and their mentorship will be key in the years ahead.

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GENERATIONS @ WORK

As they enter the workforce, Millennials (Generation Y) are bringing with them their own culture and values. Social networking, multitasking, and technology are a way of life for this generation. According to research, the average millennial has received more education than the average young adult from previous generations, ensuring that a vast group will enter business as knowledge workers.

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