When it comes to figuring out the design of the workplace in the US, employee age is less of a consideration, according to a new workplace strategy report by CBRE Group, Inc.
According to Georgia Collins, CBRE’s senior managing director for Workplace Strategy, “The results of this study clearly suggest that variety, choice, access and transparency—attributes typically associated with what millennials want—are indeed important, but not only for millennials.” Generation Xers and baby boomers want it too.
According to the report:
- Millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers are collaborative are equally as collaborative. However, millennials report spending slightly more time doing individual-focused work than their colleagues from other generations.
- When it came to work space, millennials placed the most value on spaces that allow them to think and concentrate, followed by spaces to meet and collaborate and then by spaces for learning and training.
- Millennials said they’d like to spend more time connecting via email and more time in formal meetings—and less time on company-sponsored social networks.
So why are we paying so much attention to what millenials need? Well, for the simple fact that millennials currently account for approximately 24 percent of the adult population in the U.S. and are projected to comprise the majority of the U.S. workforce by 2025.
That being said, while companies are wondering how to balance the needs of millennials with those of a more tenured workforce, the CBRE study suggests that the generational divide is more perception than reality.