According to a CBRE study, the millennial generation is not interested in the futuristic office design. CBRE evaluated more than 5,000 office workers in its “Designing the office of the future? Don’t plan around it (what you think you know about) U.S. millennials" survey and found millennials prefer privacy in the office environment.
The survey found the millennial generation office preferences are quite similar to the boomers preference. Developers have tried to convert the tech-friendly, urban-minded and smart-phone obsessed trends the millennial generation has become accustomed to into office space. They followed these trends in office construction by removing private offices and making office space more social.
Although the millennial generation enjoys break rooms to socialize in, the generation would prefer private working space. When asked how workers rank “spaces to socialize”, 17 percent of the older workers ranked it as important while 31 percent of millennials ranked it as important. Compared to the 17 and 31 percent, 50 percent of all ages agreed that “spaces to think and concentrate” are the most important.
CBRE’s study also found office assumptions of urban areas and telecommuting to be faulty. More than half of 20- to 34-year-old workers still live in the suburbs while big city millennials stay around 30 percent. Companies started to transfer to telecommuting believing it would increase productivity, but many companies that made the first transfer began reining works back to their office jobs. Instead of focusing on following the millennial trends, organizations need to focus on providing a balance of social and private work spaces and creating office space where workers want to come in.