Younger workers or ‘millennials’ (as they’ve been labelled) tend to be a talkative bunch, thriving on communicating with their fellow co-workers. Many shudder at the thought of grafting away in a secluded cubicle for hours a day without access to others to brainstorm, query and get help with something they’re working on.
This presents a challenge for management as they need to create a space where collaboration is encouraged, a space where employees can visit one another and communicate efficiently and productively.
Although its essential to have a buzzing, creative and open atmosphere, there are naturally going to be times when even the most vocal employees want to get their heads down and concentrate. Indeed, studies define three different moods all attributed to distraction – controlled attention, stimulus-driven attention and rejuvenation.
Controlled attention refers to the moment where we seek to limit distractions and external stimuli in order to increase focus and therefore productivity.
Stimulus-driven is when we welcome a shift in focus when completing tasks such as responding to emails…essentially a change of scenery.
Finally there is rejuvenation. This is an essential period whereby employees unwind, reset and get focused before heading back to work.
Whilst not everyone will experience these different emotions in a day, its essential that the working environment provides an outlet for employees to express themselves. Doing so will lead to a more satisfied workforce and more productive employees.
We spend more time at work than we do at home…
Millennials crave a positive work-life balance. In order to attract top millennial talent, office managers need to promote a more laid-back, friendly environment. A flexible approach to office ergonomics, giving younger employees options and opportunities to collaborate will go a long way in helping your business retain the very best up and coming talent.