The new generations need modern spaces
By the year 2020, the generation known as the Millennials represented around 50% of the workforce in almost the entire world, and they are currently, together with Generation Z, the group that will predominate in workspaces by 2025. This means that companies will need to make upgrades or new adaptations to attract and retain talent from a wave of new ages, with people born in the late 1990s and mid-2000s.
The transition from analog to tech work has been years in the making, and while it's becoming increasingly apparent that technology dominates today's offices, it's not enough to integrate new generations into workplaces that continue an outdated work culture. Numerous scientific studies on health and well-being in workplaces have led to a radical change in office design.
Consequently, interior designers have developed multiple new work modalities to apply to offices, such as agile and flexible. These types of work environments are adjusted to the modern lifestyles that are developing, due to the fact that they integrate perfectly with technologies and combine a great variety of work areas while promoting collaboration, privacy, focus areas, and social ones where employees can take a break and build bonds with their coworkers.
All the changes that have occurred in the last 10 years towards flexible and agile offices have been driven mainly by the Millennial generation (1981 - 1996), so even more changes are expected as a result of the integration of Generation Z ( 1997 - 2012), who has been in greater contact with the digital technology era and 24/7 connectivity.
Both Millennials and Gen-Zers are not interested in jobs with fancy titles and hefty salaries, they are primarily looking for a work-life balance, as well as spending time in better work environments, where their well-being is taken into account. physical and mental.
Although the physical space is the example where the evolution of office trends is best appreciated, something that has changed significantly over time is the vision of work schedules. It's rare today for people to work from 9 am to 5 pm these days, much less with working from home, employees now have more flexibility and choice in where and when they work.
Something that for previous generations is not so familiar is the rapid technological advance, while it is the opposite for Millennials and Generation Z, who feel more comfortable around technological devices that facilitate their jobs, and are even baffled by obsolete computer systems or that are not automated. Millennials and Gen-Zers expect modern technologies like Wi-Fi, working with documents in the cloud, automated software, and smart buildings in their offices.
Workspaces with modern designs and a healthy office environment that generates satisfied employees will have an increasing effect on the performance, productivity, and staff retention of current and future generations of workers