For the next generation of workers, an office space is much more of a destination location than it was in the past. Businesses that hire Millennials have likely found that if they design an office lease that is conducive to collaboration, they are better able to attract and retain these younger workers.
For Barbara Palmer, an Upstart Business Journal contributor, the move toward a workplace that encouraged openness occurred when she had to lease a new, larger location. For Palmer, planning an office move meant rethinking the entire structure and layout of the space.
In the company's old office, cubicles stretched to the ceiling. In the new office, an open floor plan allowed all employees to operate out of the same area. She even solicited a local design firm to plan out the space, with special consideration afforded to the culture she wanted to maintain.
"Consideration was also given to the comfort of the space, noise levels, color choices, and design," Palmer wrote. "A large patio area was equipped with WiFi to provide an alternate outdoor work environment. We put our culture on the wall (literally) to remind our staff to live our core values, a necessity to maintain the young staff that keeps our agency working."
You don't necessarily have to go to the same extent as Palmer - who outfit the new office space with a pool table, a television and couches - but you also shouldn't go bargain hunting for a stale, dark space that suppresses the drive of your younger employees.
Last spring, the New York Times profiled a consulting company in New York City that has replaced desks with restaurant-style booths, in order to create an open space, but still allow for some degree of privacy.
These types of creative solutions ensure that all employees are able to function professionally, without being impeded by the office lease in which they're working. In addition, keep in mind each city is different as the design of a Dallas office space can look very different than a Houston office space to reflect similar, but very different cultures.