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5 Tips For Designing A Workplace To Attract Top Millennial Talent

5 Tips For Designing A Workplace To Attract Top Millennial Talent

If you want to attract the best young minds, focus on five key characteristics when designing a new workplace.

[an article by Peter Gasca]

1. Understand Millennial Design Aesthetics

Software and tech companies are great at attracting talent because they understand that Millennials thrive on collaboration and in turn create office spaces that reflect their collaborative vision, with highly functional and modern interiors that promote a sense of openness and cooperation.

To replicate this, office environments should combine open floor plans with a multitude of "gathering" spaces and specialty areas, like sound-proof conference rooms and spaces that provide employees the autonomy to move freely between them throughout the day.

2. Create Spaces That Adapt and Transform

Disruptive companies like Airbnb and WeWork have fundamentally changed their respective industries by challenging conventional wisdom with a unique product. Their success, however, has more to do with the fact that they were first to identify and execute on a change that was inevitable in their industry.

Change is not always obvious for companies -- and indeed may often be shunned. Designing a workplace that can adapt and transform with its employees creates an underlying sense that change is not only welcome but wholeheartedly encouraged.

When team members work in an environment such as this, they are more likely to stumble upon an idea or innovation that ordinarily would have been lost in the stale consistency of a typical office space.

3. Adopt a Startup Mindset

Startup culture is more than a trend: it is a fresh approach to promoting a work environment that emphasizes innovation and a solutions-first mindset. Even after developing a workforce with hundreds or thousands of employees, top tech firms continue to cultivate a startup philosophy necessary to stay competitive.

By embracing openness in the workplace, adopting spaces that integrate cutting-edge technologies, and building a culture of flexibility and change into the spaces you occupy, companies can create a company culture that can replicate the same spaces of advanced, experienced technology companies.

4. Focus on a Technology-First Approach

Next-generation companies looking for agility and efficiency should design with agility and efficiency in mind. Contractors like UA Builders Group leverage tech solutions like Building Information Modeling (BIM), a tool for creating dynamic virtual blueprints.

BIM is a sophisticated platform where architects, engineers, subcontractors, and project managers can all offer their input in real-time. These technologies are inherently "social," similar to open source technology tools like Slack and Basecamp, which are used as communication and workflow platforms at Millennial-focused companies.

5. Emphasize Consistent Efficiency

Companies adopting new methods and technology to improve office efficiencies will do well seeking design that embraces a similar approach to streamlining projects. This approach is not necessarily about doing more in less time, but rather identifying and implementing better solutions.

For example, technologies like BIM are similar with how experienced tech firms use predictive analytics, a process where data about past conditions and events help inform the future.

Another way to create efficiencies is to leverage pre-assembly and prefabrication techniques, which reduces material waste without compromising quality or safety.

Companies seeking to build the workspaces of tomorrow must increasingly be attuned to Millennial tastes. By focusing on these five areas and working with potential construction and design partners that are equally fresh and progressive-thinking, companies can execute the aesthetic vision and innovative ethos that can compete with the top companies in their industry.

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