Create a Millennial-friendly Office That Will Lure In Talent

Jan 15, 2014

Millennials are gradually accounting for a larger percentage of the Canadian workforce, and their presence is creating a shift in how the workplace is conceptualized. According to the Financial Post, Millennials are projected to account for 75 percent of the Canadian workforce by 2028. And those professionals are constantly seeking out unprecedented flexibility from their jobs, as well as increased in-office comfort and perks. As Millennials come to expect these accommodations, employers are feeling pressure to provide luxuries that were once unheard of — particularly if they want to attract the top talent. If you’re looking to create a work environment that better appeals to Millennial professionals, consider these tips.

Introducing Flexible Work Schedules

As research firm PwC notes, Millennials aren’t the only generation interested in acquiring more flexible work hours; they just happen to be more aggressive in seeking out those opportunities. PwC argues that Millennials and non-Millennials seek out flexibility from their jobs in equal proportions, with some eager to give up income and delay promotions in order to create circumstances that improve their quality of life.

Businesses can use this willingness to compromise as a means of cutting costs while attracting and retaining talented workers. To create this flexibility, allow workers to move hours around to the evenings and even weekends, and consider letting them to spend some work days from a home office, if possible.

More Defined Mentoring Opportunities

According to research from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Millennials are more interested than other generations in finding work opportunities that include active mentoring and coaching relationships. This mentoring needs to be defined, but it doesn’t have to be overly intensive. It can be maintained through simple emails delivering feedback and other advice, or short conversations tucked into busy parts of the day — just as long as you are able to maintain an ongoing dialogue that strengthens the relationship between the Millennial and his boss.

Continued education is highly valued by this generation of professionals, and opportunities to continue learning and evolving in a professional setting will attract top talents.

Creating a More Comfortable Work Space

The era of cubicles and uncomfortable office chairs may be on their way out, if Millennials have their say. While major companies like Google and Facebook make headlines for their unorthodox approaches to creating comfortable, fun work spaces, many businesses can employ a much smaller scale of comfort in their offices — at a much lower cost.

The simple way to do this is by spicing up a standard office space with fun, comfortable furniture that workers are welcome to use throughout the work day. Comfy chairs, a small futon and other furniture can be acquired at a reasonable price, and they can produce a quick boost of morale for all of your workers, not just Millennials.

Relaxing Your Internal Structure and Encouraging Creativity

Traditional workplace structures typically feature rigid hierarchies that restrict workers from contributing much beyond their clearly defined work responsibilities. But workers and employers can both benefit from an internal structure that encourages contributions and creative input from all employees, regardless of their standing in the company, according to Ivey Business Journal. This can encourage creativity among workers, leading to greater job satisfaction among Millennials, and possibly a better overall business product.