As the workplace evolves continuously, the workforce that drives it has never been more diverse. From baby boomers right the way through to the X Generation and beyond. However, recent times the workplace has been hit by a sudden surge of The Millennials (adults aged 19 to 35) and they have created the biggest transformation out of all the age groups. Studies have proven how Millennial’s are more collaborative than others and would much rather exercise their right to work outside of the office. Another interesting point is that the Millennials are much better connected and through the powers of Social Media and other such platforms, they would much prefer to use technology to communicate to get work done.
So why does it matter now more so than before? Well, Millennials are making up over a quarter of the UK population and they are predicted to hit the 17 million mark by 2019 according to The Inkling Report As more of the Baby Boomers step into retirement, more Millennials are likely to be heading towards top Managerial roles therefore the layout of the workplace as we once knew it will begin to change more and more.
Expect some big transformations to happen, here are three trends that are slowly disappearing right in front of our eyes.
1. No more 9am – 5pm!
Technology also makes it possible for businesses to eliminate the traditional 9-to-5 schedule. Well-connected Millennial business leaders are creating work environments that give employees more flexibility over their diaries, using technology to allow people to work when and where it works best for them.
Whether you’re managing Millennials or collaborating with them at the Senior level, keeping up with these workplace transformations will only enable you to prepare for 2017 and beyond.
2. Traditional office space will become a thing of the past
Millennial leaders are transforming the way workspaces are designed, to encourage much improved communication and on-going collaboration. Steve Jobs kicked off the concept of collaborative offices at Pixar by grouping scientists, animators, and executives in one building. The results proved it was a positive move as the groups collaborated on unique approaches to solve problems and shared ideas more frequently than before.
Modern business leaders are adopting similar approaches to workplace design by eliminating cubicles and divided departments, and the idea of a meeting room that once stood behind closed doors well away from the rest of the office, now tend to be an open, visible environment allowing for open meeting spaces and seating areas designed for sharing communication. Open offices better facilitate communication and encourage more in-person interaction. This leads to better problem solving, more rapid collaboration, and community development.
3. Email will no longer be the primary communicator
Currently, Email is typically used as the most efficient form of communication among employees. While the majority still rely on it, an increasing amount are continually trying to reduce their useage While companies still rely heavily on it, most businesses are slowly trying to reduce the number of emails sent in favour of a more efficient form of internal communications. One French IT company, tried in 2011 to eradicate email entirely. According to the company’s CEO, only 10% of the 200 messages employees received each day were deemed useful, and 18% were considered spam. He then challenged his 74,000-person company to eliminate internal emails and communicate instead via instant messaging and live chat tools.
As the presence of tech-savvy Millennials grows in the work force, businesses can expect to see a variation of internal communication tools such as live chat, project management platforms, and collaboration technology, as a replacement for traditional emails. As a small company, we still rely heavily on emails to and from clients and candidates, however we do tend to use more convenient methods of communication to liaise with our Millennial candidates. In our industry, Millennials make up over our 50% of our customer base and that will only continue to grow. It’s fascinating to see the difference between the various age groups. I can sense another blog coming…
Just a bit of light reading for you as you stroll around your outdoor office between meetings on park benches whilst browsing your Facebook messenger emails on your smartphone.
Thanks for reading, LM