Today’s facilities managers are responsible for so much more than responding to maintenance issues and planning out a company’s space needs. Moving beyond their traditional bricks-and-mortar roles, facilities managers are at the forefront of designing a workplace strategy that fosters productivity and innovation for the Millennial workforce.
By 2015, Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce.
The workplace of the future will need to be designed to attract and retain Generation Y’s top talent. From the color of the paint on the walls (bright colors such as orange or red elicit energy and productivity) to the availability of spaces to congregate (the proverbial “water-cooler” now being replaced by kitchen areas stocked with fancy coffee machines and beer kegs), every office design decision communicates something about company culture to potential employees.
In a recent study conducted by Deloitte, 78 percent of Millennials polled said that how innovative a company is factors into the decision of whether they want to work there. You not only need an innovative office that can cater to their needs but a fun office. Communicating a company culture that fosters creativity and collaboration can therefore make or break a hiring opportunity.
Considering innovative office design, smart office solutions is significant for not only company hiring but for culture.