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Rethinking Preconceived Notions About Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials in the workplace

The Reality of Generational Issues in the Workplace

The issues associated with Millennials in the workplace can no longer be ignored. It’s true that Millennials now dominate the workforce. However, in an era where Baby Boomers are very reluctant to retire and where the neglected members of Generation X are still well within their prime years of employment, generational conflict is something that all employers have to consider. Employers will be more effective at resolving these issues if they are able to confront existing stereotypes about Millennials in particular.

Millennials in the Workplace and Career Advancement

It’s widely believed that Millennials are largely uninterested in putting in the time and effort that it takes to excel in a career. Some people attribute this to the idea that Millennials prioritize their family members over their jobs, in spite of the fact that Millennials are less likely to get married and have children than members of previous generations. Other people attribute this to generational differences in work ethic. Some people believe that Millennials have overly high expectations for their workplace environments.

In reality, Millennials have often been unable to start career paths of any kind. The entry-level job of old has been replaced by the unpaid internship. Millennials crushed under student loan debt have been forced to work for free. Unpaid internships have frequently not led to real jobs, and they have sometimes made Millennials less employable down the line. The Great Recession is over, but it was largely older workers that benefited from the subsequent improvements to the economy. The research has also failed to produce evidence that Millennials are different from anyone else in terms of work ethic.

Meeting the Expectations of Millennial Employees

If anything, the employers who are able to provide Millennials with benefits and consistent and adequate salaries will usually get workers who are extremely motivated. Millennials do not take any of this for granted, since they typically started their working lives without benefits of any kind or even modest salaries. Employers often don’t have to go out of their way to accommodate Millennial employees. They just have to make sure that Millennials get what previous generations took for granted.

In addition to coping with record-breaking levels of student loan debt, Millennials are dealing with higher living costs than previous generations. A salary that might have stretched far when the Baby Boomers or Generation X members were in their twenties and thirties might be insufficient in a world where even the cost of food is higher. Underemployment is a crisis for the Millennial generation, and employers who go against this trend will get eager Millennial candidates right away.

Generational Conflict and Sensitivity

Millennials are very aware of how they are perceived by some members of the Baby Boom and Generation X cohorts. Some employees from these cohorts are happy to share these views publicly in workplaces. Employers need to recognize that this is a source of workplace conflict. In some workplaces, sensitivity training regarding ageism might be necessary. Getting an office environment set up for Millennial workers in a world where they are the majority partly means understanding the realities of this generation’s struggles. It also means finding ways to avoiding escalating the generational conflicts that have been going on for years.

If you are looking for an office to accommodate all generations including Millennials in the Workplace, Contact us. We can Help!

Top 3 Tips For Organizing Your Office Space

tips to organizing your office spaceWhile OfficeFinder is all about helping businesses find the best office space for their business, in the business world, there are many other things which are important to manage. Whether it’s monitoring the workplace for any thefts, or making sure you’ve filed taxes on time, it’s important that you keep the business thoroughly managed and organized. However, there’s more to being organized in the workplace than making sure all taxes are paid, or even that your employees are staying on task. Just how organized is your office space? After all, organizing your office space will lead to you to getting work done more efficiently. Ensuring your employees are organized, will help improve their productivity and let them feel more engaged in their work.

3 useful tips to consider for organizing your office space

#1. Color Code Your Folders

One of the most important tips for organizing your office space, is to color code your folders. The main problem that people have when it comes to staying organized, is that they have trouble locating their important files. However, by using color coded folders, as well as labeling them, it becomes a lot easier to know where everything is. For example, to signify the importance of tax documents, you could put all files in a red folder. As for the papers which aren’t really all that important, you could put them in a green folders and mark it as miscellaneous.

#2. Throw Away Old Papers

Your office might be pretty clean at first, but over the years, papers begin to build up, and it often becomes harder to differentiate between what’s useful and what is not. It’s also important to remember that just because you have documents that are important now, doesn’t mean that they’re always going to have some significance. Every now and then, clean out your folders and draws, checking to see what papers are still valuable, and which ones can be discarded.

#3. Create Your Own Personal Workspace

There’s more to having a great office space than simply making sure everything is organized. In fact, why not tidy it up a bit, and even buy some accessories so that your office could look nice? For example, you could purchase some lights and decorations for your office, or even more so, why not consider purchasing a personal mat for your space? If nothing else, it would also allow your customers and employees to know that it’s a place where anyone can feel welcome if they have a question.

These are our top 3 tips. For more on organizing your office space, Lifehack.com has more comprehensive recommendations at 21 Tips to Organize Your Office and Get More Done.

For more information about finding the perfect office space, feel free to contact us today at OfficeFinder. We look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible and all at no cost to you.

Does Remote Working Satisfy Employees or Alienate Them?

Remote workingThere has been a lot of debate over the years related to remote working by employees. Much of it has been centered around productivity form the business’ point of view. A recent survey by Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates on remote working comes at it from the employee point of view. It shows some interesting concerns. While remote working does offer increased flexibility to employees, less commute time and more control, the survey found that 45% of U.S. workers  and 55% of Millennials would rather work in an office than remotely. The survey found that there are 3 main factors employees are looking for:

  1. Face Time with Colleagues – A quarter of respondents report negative feelings while working from home, including feeling less a part of their team. It is more difficult to collaborate or develop relationships with fellow workers without a central office.
  2. Privacy – 70% of U.S. Adults – and a whopping three-quarters of Millennials – would feel more comfortable working in an open floor plan if there were private spaces available to them. This is one of the fundamental design factors in today’s coworking office design.
  3. Convenience – Most U.S. workers – and nearly two-thirds of Millennials (62%) – would prefer to work in an office that was in or near a shopping center over one that wasn’t. Which is one of the drivers of the return to the downtown markets from the suburbs especially for companies that have a high percentage of millennial workers. In other words, the tech giants.

This does not necessarily mean that businesses should end remote working, but it does evidence the need to have more flexibility. It does not need to be an all or nothing decision. Essentially employees like a base station to be able to use on an as needed bases. Done right this will enable those who are more comfortable working in an office to do so, but still allow the flexibility to work wherever they feel they can be most productive. It sounds like an agile workplace because it is. It also sounds like a Coworking office space and is that too.

If you would like some help in finding office space, that is what we do with our network of local brokers throughout the US, Canada and many other countries. Contact us today to find out how we can help; typically at no cost to you.

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6 Ways Providers Tweak Coworking Office Space

Coworking office spacecoworking office space has been on the rise in recent years. Why? Because they are extremely effective in promoting greater work efficiency, company morale and networking opportunities. If you are looking for ways to improve employee satisfaction and work performance even more, check out these six ways coworking office space providers tweak their spaces.

  1. Athletic Elements: Cities like NYC, Chicago, and LA have introduced coworking office space where people can rent an office space or chair…in a rock-climbing gym. This allows self-employed professionals to get a couple hours of work in, get in a climbing session, return to their laptop, and repeat. If you want to stimulate mental performance, provide your employees with the opportunity to get in some physical exercise. Even if the space provider does not provide it directly, very often you can find a gym or yoga studio nearby.
  2. Working Outdoors: Quite a few coworking office space providers have outdoor spaces, like a terrace or patio, you can use to work. Fresh air and sunshine is an excellent (and free) way to boost work performance and making your employees happier.
  3. Decor: Look for bright, vibrant colors and modern furniture. Usually cubicles are replaced with long tables, coffee tables, and comfy, yet supportive chairs. It will encourage an inclusive environment that promotes brainstorming and idea sharing. You will find colors that stimulate creativity and put employees in a better mood.
  4. Brain Food: A wellness atmosphere is always a great idea. Many spaces offer fruits, teas, and other healthy treats. You could even foot the bill. This is not only a way to gift your employees in little ways, but enhance the way they work and boost their energy levels.
  5. Free Beer and Party: Some coworking office space providers even provide complimentary beer and weekly networking parties with catered food. It is not only a great way to get free beer and good food, but also an opportunity to get to know your neighbors.
  6. Fun and Games: It is what younger employees want. A way to burn off steam during the day or after hours with a quick video game on a HD Monitor, ping pong, or pool. There are usually a wide variety of ways coworking office space providers can help entertain your employees.

Looking for a coworking space? We have lots of options from both large and small space providers. Contact us today to find out more!

Want to see a great example of a Coworking Office Space in Seattle. Below is the WeWork space in the historic Holyoke Building. WeWork does not usually take down a single floor of 15,000 to 20,000 square feet, but more in the neighborhood of 30,000 to 60,000 square feet at a time. They lease all 6 floors of the office space in the Holyoke Building at 1st and Spring Streets in Seattle. Have a look and you will see why their coworking office space is so popular. Don’t miss the basement lounge with he fun and games.


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The Importance of Flexible Workplaces

Flexible workplacesFlexible workplaces planning are important to the success of a business. Employees devote an average of 9 hours a day to their jobs and some many more than that. Why? To enhance their standard of living and fulfill their goals for life (www.bls.gov/tus/charts). Employers want an office environment to maximize employee engagement, productivity and morale. Employers need to be aware that their employees want an office that enriches the responsibilities demanded by their work; A place that is comfortable to work and where they can be productive. Retaining staff is important to maintain a healthy corporate environment. After all, high employee turnover is expensive and a morale reducer. The workplace has seen significant change over the past few years with the entry of Millennials and Generation Z into the workforce in addition to the Baby Boomers still in place. Keeping the multi-generational workplace productive requires a flexible officing strategy that has the flexibility to meet the needs of all.

Employee Engagement

Employers want employees to be engaged in their work and other employees. The workplace can produce relationships just as vital as a person’s natural family. Engagement is a key to establishing self-worth for employees. Contemporary offices are strategically arranged to promote interaction and to be a pleasant place to spend each day. It also will make it easy for employees to communicate with each other both for business and socially.

Increased Efficiency

Studies over time have shown that employees only spend about 40% of their time at their desk. Understanding this creates a need to develop an environment with a multiplicity of uses to combine privacy spaces with community spaces. Making the most of office space helps with work efficiency and deliberate use of company resources.

Affordability

The design of the work environment is usually dictated by the budget. When designing the workplace with a variety of uses, a business maximizes their return on investment. This includes limiting unnecessary energy cost and producing practices that reduce the ecological footprint of this generation. The open office has made a significant dent in the cost of tenant improvements. Fewer walls and fewer offices lead to improved affordability to provide other types of work spaces such as meeting areas and social areas.

Flexible workplace design is not complicated. With the help of a professional space planner and utilizing contemporary technologies purposed for building, will lead to an effective work environment. Contact us today to find office space that you can design a new innovative workspace your employees will appreciate for years to come.

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Looking at Exciting New Office Buildings? Listen to Your Employees.

New office buildingsWhile many in the tech industry are trending toward exciting new office buildings that feature open plans and plenty of shared space, a recent article from TechRepublic warns that employee needs must be a factor in the design. In particular, the article notes, private spaces, quiet places, and smaller meeting areas need to be included.

According to a 2014 study from The Center for the Built Environment, workers who have their own office tend to be happier and less likely to take sick days, the article stated. An additional new study from Oxford Economics and Plantronics, involving 1,200 global employees and executives, found that millennial employees in particular found it hard to concentrate on work in a noisy environment.

Study Results

The results of these studies suggest that, although the trendy new open office plans encourage collaboration, balance is best when it comes to worker satisfaction. How to reach that balance? Providing a mix of open and closed spaces is a start. Additionally, the article suggests, the type of materials used in the design can also lend themselves to the creation of good working conditions. Hard surfaces can be replaced with more sound absorbent ones — such as carpet. Barriers between desks can be lowered to enable employees to see and interact with one another in a quieter fashion. Quiet spaces where phone calls can be taken or smaller meeting rooms can help.

While an office space isn’t going to meet every need of every individual employee, the article states, design should allow for flexibility in order to meet as many needs as possible and maximize productivity.

Are you searching for office space in new office buildings? We can help you find a work environment that suits the needs of your company and your employees. Contact us today for more information.

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3 Considerations for Employees When Choosing Office Space

Millennials in the workplaceWhen choosing office space, there are a lot of business-related things to consider, such as the location of the office and the cost of the lease. However, along with thinking about the business side of things, you also have to think about your employees. After all, they will be the ones who will be working in your office, so you want to make sure that they are happy in their space. As we discussed last week happy employees = engaged employees = productive employees. Here are 3 things, among many, to consider when shopping for the perfect office space for employees.

1. Workspace Size

Who wants to work in a space that is smaller than a closet? Make sure that you allow enough space for your employees to be comfortable. The typical allowance is anywhere between 150 and 200 square feet per employee, depending on the workplace style. Offices obviously take up more room. Work benches of cubicles can be more efficient. Just make sure that your employees don’t feel like they are on top of one another.

2. Ample Parking or Good Public Transportation

Having to pay for expensive parking each day in order to go to work can be upsetting for many employees. If possible, consider a location that has ample parking for all of your employees. Preferably, that parking should be free or affordable and should be relatively close to the building, since having to take a long hike from faraway parking to the office building on a cold, hot or rainy morning can put any employee in a bad mood before the workday ever begins. If not, make sure their is good public transportation nearby.

3. Comfortable Gathering Spaces

When choosing office space, look for an option that has a nice-sized gathering space for employees to collaborate on work. Having a comfortable break area can be a nice touch, too, since it can give employees a place to relax, munch and mingle during their scheduled breaks. These seemingly extra spaces can help create a sense of community among your employees improving collaboration.

As you can see, it does not have to be complicated to make employees happy. When choosing office space, keep your employees in mind and consider looking for these things to ensure that you have a great workplace for the people who work for you. If you contact us at OfficeFinder, we can help you find the perfect office space for both you and your employees’ needs.

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5 Simple Workplace Strategies to Keep Employees Happy and Productive

It’s the little things that count when it comes to employee appreciation. Even low cost  simple workplace strategies can make a big difference. It does not have to be an expensive  complete overhaul of your office space. It’s been proven time and time again that happy employees = engaged employees = productive employees. A study from Warwick University proved that employees work harder when they are happy. SnackNation has a great Infographic (below) showing “11 Shocking Employee Happiness Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind.”

Employee Happiness Infographic

Companies whose employees consider themselves happy outperform their competition by 20%. Millennial employees, in particular, expect certain perks in the workplace.

Five Simple Workplace Strategies

1. Offer Free Snacks

This has proven to be one of the most successful way to keep employees happy. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to matter what the food is! From granola bars to fruit snacks, instant oatmeal, “emergency chocolate”, fresh fruit, weekly bagels, pizza Fridays – choose whatever works for your budget and company culture.

2. Encourage Leaving the Office for Lunch

Workaholic culture has created an atmosphere where taking a lunch break is seen as a luxury. Employees skipping lunch or eating at their desks should be a rarity, not the norm. Encourage employees to leave the office, or at least their desk area, to clear their head, get some fresh air, and come back to their desks ready to work.

3. Arrange Discounts for Local Businesses

Many restaurants and service based companies are happy to set up a discount structure for local companies. Restaurants and coffee shops are a usually a great place to start, but gyms, salons, and even some independent retail stores are a good bet too. Be open to options based on their company model. Some business may offer standing discounts with a company card or larger one time discounts for bulk orders.

4. Offer a Mixture of Office Supplies

Some people prefer black or blue pens, color ink, legal pads, spiral notebooks, multicolored post-its. It’s a small thing, but offering options when it comes to office supplies can enhance creativity and helps with individual organization. When you’re employees feel in control they will be more productive.

5. Create Incentive Programs

Productivity based incentive programs are a proven workplace strategy that increase employee happiness. They don’t need to be complicated. Focus on a main company goal that everyone can help achieve regardless of their position in the company. Award points for daily or weekly steps towards the goal.  Set up a company ‘store’ where employees can redeem points for small prizes like longer lunches and gifts. Host a special event once you’ve met your company goal. Keep it fun and positive!

We hope these five simple workplace strategies have you thinking about employee appreciation and productivity. It does not have to be expensive to let your employees know that you appreciate their efforts. Contact us for more workplace strategies and information on finding an office, agile workspaces, office design, and more.

Good Workplace Strategies Include Effective Communication Methods

Third Place WorkingIn order to keep your employees engaged and productive on a day to day basis, you need to implement good workplace strategies and being a good communicator is critical. Communication with your employees helps you remain in control while understanding any issues that your employees face. Here are some tips on how you can improve communication methods within your workplace.

Be A Good Listener

Communication is a two-way street: it isn’t about just one person doing all the talking. To be a good communicator, you must not only talk, but listen as well. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not listening to someone else as they’re talking. This is where information is not effectively communicated. Keeping your ears open and attentive to the speaker is key.

Know Your Audience

Do you take notice as to what communication methods work best with certain people? For example, you may find people don’t reply to emails, but are quick to provide you the information you’re looking for when you meet them in the hallway. Some people also like materials printed on paper, instead of looking at attached documents in an email. Understanding how people like to best receive certain types of communication is key.

Don’t Assume, Get Clarification if Needed

Sometimes words don’t come out as we intend them to, both in writing and in person. Sometimes negative situations are created from incorrect assumptions, and we find ourselves assuming a tone when there is none. If you need clarification, ask someone face to face to avoid making something out of nothing.

For more information finding office space that will help on good communication as one of your workplace strategies, contact us.

Recruit Employees with Your Office Space

Office space to recruit employeesYou’ve hired the best recruiters, crafted the perfect interview questions, and developed a stellar application process. You’re ready to recruit!

One last thing…have you considered your office space?

Believe it or not, your office space design can be a powerful recruiting tool. Office design is a reflection of your business culture, and as such, it should reflect a culture that applicants want to work for. Look around your office.

Take the following into consideration:

  • What do you first notice when you look around your office space?
  • Does your office space consist of an open work area, or does everyone have a fairly designated spot, whether it’s an office or a cubicle?
  • How is the lighting in the office? Are there windows for plenty of natural light, or simply the glare from harsh overhead florescent lights?
  • Are distractions minimized? In other words, are employees able to focus on their tasks at hand even if the office is abuzz with excitement?

The answers to these questions will give you insight into what applicants see when they first walk in for an interview. Now ask yourself: if I were the applicant, would I want to work here?

The key to answering this question lies in knowing what your applicants actually want. During the interview process, it’s highly likely that you’re asking your candidates what they’re looking for in a particular position, company culture, or day-to-day responsibilities. Are they looking for team collaboration, flexibility, a fast pace? Whatever they’re looking for, make sure they see it not only reflected in their conversations with you and other team members, but also in the office environment.

If you find your office space lacking the ability to attract the best and the brightest candidates for the job, let us show you some options that will. Our local reps will show you available office space properties and help you to negotiate the best possible deal. There is no cost for their services to you. It is a free service. Don’t wait. Contact us to find your perfect office space!