Workplace design trends often evolve gradually, representing a continuous development. The aim is to improve the work environment to create a place where employees are enabled to work more productively and collaborate with ease. However, over the next few years we could begin to see a revolution rather than an evolution. Here’s why…
Generation Z Starts Entering the Workplace
The first years of Generation Z, those born between 1994 and 2010, will complete their education and start their careers. Gen Z has grown up with a greater access to technology than any generation before. Due to the current skills shortage, companies are keen to recruit this generation. The workplace will be an essential tool to attract and retain this generation.
Millennials Will Make Up the Largest Generation Within the Workplace
As more Baby Boomers retire, Millennials, those born between the early 1980s and the mid-2000s, will become the largest generation. SHRM reports that 68% of HR professionals think this will have a major impact on the workplace over the next five years. The number of Millennials taking managerial positions will increase significantly over the next few years.
New Technology Advances
Technology trends, such as the growth of wearables and the development of tablets as useful work tools, will continue to influence design. The launch of products such as the iPad Pro and Windows Surface Pro show the ability for tablets to replace laptops and allow employees to become increasingly mobile.
Recognizing the Impact of Workplace Design
More companies are realizing the real impact workplace design has on productivity and a company’s bottom line. Research from Gensler, a global architect and design firm, reveals that poor workplace design costs U.S. businesses an estimated $330 billion in lost productivity each year. This costs funding to repair and replace. This is when many turn to merchant loans or a merchant cash advance (like the one offered by FAM).
Increasing Competition for Talent
A skills shortage has meant that companies have already been competing for the top talent for years. However, an increasing skills shortage and a workforce who are more willing to seek new opportunities will take competition up a level. 76% of full-time employees are currently looking at or open to new opportunities. We can expect organizations to use their work spaces as one way to attract and retain employees.