What Millennials Really Want: Not the Fancy Office Space
Skip the fancy commercial real estate offices? That’s what some Millennials and members of Generation Z are saying — as they look beyond office space and a paycheck when they go to work, according to the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey. The survey captured the thoughts of more than 10,000 Millennials and nearly 2,000 Gen Z respondents globally.
Younger employees want to work for companies that drive societal progress, believe in social progress, practice environmental sustainability, and keep the safety of their employees and customers at the forefront at all times.
The report shows that their perceptions of businesses have changed, however, especially over the past year. The majority of Millennials now think that business leaders do not behave ethically or think outside of their own agendas.
The report indicated that the keys to keeping Millennial and Generation Z workers’ loyalty will be the showing that the company values the same things they value:
- Sustainable environments
Since many commercial real estate decisions are made based on maintaining employees, business leaders should consider these factors when selecting a location for their office space and building out the space.
Office Space: Consider the Urban Core
By moving commercial real estate offices to the urban core, employers can find a diverse workforce of people and address sustainability issues. Many Millennials prefer to walk, bike or use public transportation to get to work because these modes of transportation are more environmentally friendly and don’t require car ownership.
Employers should also think about building out their commercial real estate spaces with collaborative areas for training. Younger workers are looking to hone their skills in softer Industrial Revolution 4.0 areas, and they often learn best in a more casual, small-group oriented environment, for example. Everything from flexible conference space to casual breakout areas with soft seating can help with these training needs.
General flexibility is also important to Millennial workers. Many of them have or would consider joining the gig economy as a supplement to or instead of having a full-time job, so they want to be able to work from anywhere—an office, their home, a coffee shop, or a beach. Employers should consider making sure their commercial spaces are technologically well-equipped to meet these needs. Collaborative spaces will also help bring employees into these offices when they do need to talk face-to-face with their colleagues.