When it comes to work, the 9-to-5 hour, five days per week work cycle is not what newer employees are after. In many cases, salary is important, but many workers put more focus on where they work and the environment provided. When looking for a job, salary and benefits have been the most important to workers, but millennial-aged office staff want open, airy environments they enjoy spending time in.
A survey of 1,500 office workers ages 18-65 by online office agency freeofficefinder.com suggests that millennials look for a great work environment over salary, more than previous generations. “Those aged between 23 and 38 have been the driving force when it comes to making the perfect working environment, from open plan, airy and natural light spaces to standing desks, fresh flowers and greenery,” the survey suggested. “Millennial’s are also keen to have work areas that help improve mental health and employee productivity, compared to the sole-less bland and beige office we saw in the ’90s and early ’00s.”
Thirty-three percent of millennial respondents ranked office environment first over salary (24 percent ranked salary first). Location came right underneath salary at 23 percent with flexible working ranked at No. 4 with 11 percent ranking it most important when finding a job. “Millennial’s are put down a lot in the press for what may seem like outlandish demands to others but is there anything wrong with demanding that employers provide their staff with a nice office when this can be a win, win for employers and employees alike,” said Nick Riesel, founder of Free Office Finder. “Some of the demands, which may or may not be exaggerated such as games rooms, safe spaces, gourmet kitchens and Instagramable spaces are a bit farfetched, but with companies such as Google & Red Bull creating quirky offices which cost millions to put together anything is possible no matter what your budget, you just need the imagination.”
Attracting millennial employees may not take a huge salary. It may just take revamping the office environment so that it is welcoming, provides a space for creativity and a flexible work environment. Having a set up that allows for less traditional approaches to office work can increase the happiness of employees for a minimal cost. This may in fact keep employee retention and loyalty to their place of employment. “You can, however, create a great working environment for your employees without too much extra cost,” Riesel said. “Companies can look at offices which are close to transport links and amenities, have light and airy spaces, look at adding standing desks or flexible hot desks for their staff or add comfortable break rooms and kitchens to their existing spaces.”