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As you may know, Pokémon GO has turned the Pokémon World upside down. It’s more popular and more fashionable than ever to hunt Pokémon of all varieties. Everyday, innocent Pokémons are being tracked using GPS, then caught and trapped inside the confined constraints of a Poké Ball.
Gone are the times when employers could overhaul the workplace and call it a day for the next few years. Baby boomers are retiring in flocks, and young hopefuls are stepping up to fill vacant seats, hankering for a slice of the corporate cake.
According to certain projections, millennials will account for a total of 75% of global workforce by 2025. With young business sharks behind the wheel, office design is racing forward at full speed, and the demand for workplaces that fit the worker is now more vocal than ever. Generation Yers are definitely here to make big waves in business waters – and here are some of the main aspects in which design preferences of millennial employees are re-shaping the modern office.
Cubicle aficionados link the late great Robert Propst with the invention of the cubicle. The story goes something like this…
While working at the office furniture company, Herman Miller, Mr. Propst designed the first “cubicle workstation” for Mr. Herman Miller. In a secret file titled, “Operation Golden Chair of Ergonomics” the two great minds hashed out the blueprint for dimensional cubical relay.
This series will not be so much about the creation of the cubicle, but rather regarding great moments in cubicle history that includes a series of personal interviews with some of the most influential cubiclists and cubicles in history. Yes, I'm interviewing actual cubicles.
The traditional public school system set many of us up for disappointment when we entered the working world. After spending eighteen years or more of our lives knowing that two months of idle summer days would be the reward for ten months of hard work, sitting out our summer in a cubicle can feel like a trap.
It's hard not to feel a pang of nostalgia for those luxurious summer vacations every sunny morning you drive into work. If you're spending your work days dreaming of poolside lounging and exciting beach trips, it might be time to bring Summer vacation to your cubicle.
While your boss would probably frown upon you bringing in sand to pour on the floor, here are five other ideas to bring the feeling of a summer vacation to your work space.
The open office trend seems like a win-win situation, particularly if you are an extrovert, the sort of person who gets energized by talking to other people. However, while extroverts might thrive in this collaborative and busy environment, your introverted employees are more likely to struggle to maintain their productivity and workplace satisfaction. If you’re noticing several of your employees fighting to meet deadlines and quotas or looking constantly exhausted in the office, you may need to take a second look at your layout to make sure you have an office design that works for introverts as well as it does for extroverts.
Just as leadership style needs to be adjusted for the unique needs of a department, office design should be adjusted to accommodate these leadership styles. Here are just a few ways you can adjust your department’s office design to match your leadership style.
Laissez-Faire Leadership Style
The laissez-faire leadership style is one of the most laid-back styles a manager can implement. This style delegates most of the responsibility for completing quality work to individual employees, with little supervision and interference from the manager. It is one of the most difficult management styles to perform successfully, and requires the greatest amount of trust of any leadership style. In the right environment, however, the laissez-faire leadership style can be very effective.
Office Design Trends to Be Avoided
Office design trends, once primarily a feature of the worlds of fashion and home design, have moved increasingly into the office space. People look to hip, successful companies like Google and see their unusual office designs, often featuring amenities like slides, free snacks, and game rooms. Articles are written equating the success of these companies to their unique environments, or listing the trendy amenities that will attract young millennial workers to your office. While features like slides and in-office daycare facilities aren’t possible for many companies, other easy-to-add features like colorful walls, game rooms, and open office plans have become commonly adopted trends.
While a good office design is an essential feature to encourage employee satisfaction and productivity, what defines “good design” is more about the specific needs of your company than it is about current office design trends. Chasing office design trends is at best an inefficient use of time and money, and at worst a colossal waste of funds with a powerfully negative effect on productivity. Before you embrace a trend, take the time to think about how it will really work in your office.
Does Your Company Run on Collaboration or Concentration?
Out of all the office design trends, none has taken off more ubiquitously than the open office design. It’s not hard to see why. The big, open spaces look far more modern than the cubicles we’ve come to associate with the traditional office. Natural light from office windows is no longer impeded by tall cubicle walls, making the space seem bright and fresh. Employees can mingle easily and share ideas. And, let’s face it, it’s a lot cheaper to fill your office with more people when you have an open floor plan.