How millennials are redefining the future of office spaces
Text: Des. Rohit Suraj, Founder and CEO, Urban Zen, Hyderabad
Millennials constantly conceptualise and locat3w new ways of living, working, and socializing. We have seen a shift in workspaces for millennials, and it becomes essential to be inspired by the current generation’s changing needs.
- Maximising productivity through flexibility
The professional world has significantly far away from “functional-based” workspaces to more engaging “activity-based” environments in terms of spatial utility. While work-life balance remains a dominant phrase in design conversations, flexible office spaces speak to the millennials’ need for integration. With an open-plan office layout, collaborative and reconfigurable furniture completes the look.
Adjustable desks and chairs with removable backrests adapt to changing needs for comfort, therefore maximising productivity. Further, collaboration zones improve the approachability index for an interactive and productive environment.
- Integrating tech-savvy amenities
Technology hugely impacts office interiors, which is why integrating tech-savvy amenities become mandatory in modern office spaces. Wi-Fi, giant LED screens, and AR and VR technologies nurture the productivity and comfort that mobility brings to employees.
- Striking a balance between privacy and collaboration
As the new workforce returns to the office after a long time, the workplace design must facilitate privacy and social interaction. Millennial staff that flexes between privacy and teamwork want cabins and cubicles after the pandemic, yet desire a way of belonging and community.
- Appeal for wellness and sustainability
Millennials are a more eco-conscious generation, which is why firms must incorporate environment-friendly elements. LED lighting, biophilic design and natural building materials are easy choices for a sustainable office design. All of this improves wellness and sustainability, along with large glazing and indoor plants that can improve sunlight and air quality for optimum mental well-being.
The ergonomic design remains crucial due to the millennials’ focus on physical and mental wellness, such as bright-coloured sofas and beanbags. Millennials prefer unconventional colour palettes, bold illustrations, and artwork to promote synergy in informal spaces. An informal environment with asymmetric patterns for office furniture, yoga mats, and board games also promotes wellness.