This is a guest post written by our intern, Jade Villanueva (one of the coolest millennials we know).
The cubicle neighborhood has never really appealed to me as a dream workspace, and as a millennial, I know I’m not alone. My creativity, productivity, and motivation all suffer when I’m packed into a desk that’s big enough for an 8 year old. I need a comfortable chair, room to spread my things out, some natural light or warm lighting, and music. I tend to channel productivity and creativity differently by changing up my workspace. Instead of the traditional cubicle, today we’re seeing coffee shops, bright offices with large windows, and bubble chairs. Millennials have been taking over the workplace and changing corporate culture and the workplace dynamic to better suit the needs of employees. Not everyone works efficiently in the same setting, and millennials are voicing the issue and working to change it.
Earlier generations didn’t usually speak up about work culture, because a hierarchy was set in place and a better route hadn’t been discovered. There’s still a hierarchy, but the dynamic of workplace culture has become more collective and I give credit to the millennials entering the workplace. We’re not afraid to speak our minds and we’re more understanding when it comes to different people and how they function. Giving people options for them to give better results is totally worth the change in work environment. There are situations where we’ll be unable to choose where we’d like to work from day to day, but it’s important for employees to have some sort of control on how they work. Giving your workers at least a little of bit of control of their environment could greatly boost work culture and productivity. Happy employees means happy workplace and better results!
Be More Like These Guys
Austin-based Whole Foods Markets allows their employees to use laptops so they can work from anywhere in the building, whether it's from a hammock on an open floor or a standing desk. Google is another company that values their employees’ need for productive work spaces. Google has a person whose job it is to make sure that Google’s workspaces fit their employees personalities and meets all of their needs. Google wants their employees to own their workspace and not limit their potential.
It’s important when finding a place to work whether it’s an agency or corporation, that aligns with your values and allows you to work in an environment that maximizes your potential, productivity, motivation, and creativity!
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about designing surprising and unique experiences for her clients.