The era of the baby boomer generation which called for traditional and straightforward brick-and-mortar offices is now transitioning into the generation y era – which is also most commonly known as the millennial era, who prefers trendy and aesthetically pleasing working spaces.
Why is this so? A quick look into the demographic of the working population holds the key to defining why there is such a rampant transition for office/working spaces today. The baby boomers are comprised of those born between the years 1945 and 1964 (now aged 52 to 71) while generation y, also known as the millennials, is comprised of those born between the years 1977 and 1994 (now aged 22 to 39). Baby boomers are now closer to the retiring age bracket while millennials have just completely come of age for the working demographic. As our working demographic now takes a drastic shift, so does the criteria for what could be an “attractive work space”.
In truth, baby boomers didn’t care much for the aesthetic of a working space; their decisions regarding their business’ working spaces relied much on the practicality and functionality of the space itself. The previous working demographic also viewed their working spaces merely as a place to come together to finish tasks to grow the company.
However, since our working demographic has shifted and we have entered into the millennial era, it is now apparent that the “attractiveness” of a working space is defined by the tastes of these millennials. Today’s office spaces vary so much that it has become one of the major deciding factors for job applicants.
Surprisingly, many companies are quickly changing their work spaces and adapting to this demand. You’ll find that the common trend for offices spaces apply an industrial or modern interior design – key words to describe offices today would be modern, minimalist, abstract, colorful, vibrant, young, and exciting. Apart from this general vibe, you’ll also discover that companies have now gone out of their way to provide their employees with free-flowing food pantries, trendy meeting rooms, cool lounges, and even sleeping hubs.
In retrospect, millennials have actually driven companies to provide much more than a working space for an office. Millennials have changed office spaces to become a convenient hub where all their needs can be catered to while they work for the company they choose.