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Office Chill-out Zones Can Help Attract Young Talent

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By Warren Bricknell

Creating relaxation areas in the workplace could help employers looking to recruit young talent, research suggests. A survey conducted by Dale Office Interiors found that over a third of 18- to 34-year-olds would favor prospective employers offering “chill-out” zones, with a further quarter reporting that open-plan workspaces are an attractive option. 

Forecasts show that Millennials (currently aged 22 to 37) will represent 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025, while Generation Z (the age group that comes after Millennials) is beginning to enter the job market, suggesting that employers will now be vying to recruit and retain young staff. 

In addition, it has been reported that over a fifth of young people have rejected a potential employer due to outdated or uninspiring office design.

Opportunities for activities were also considered important in the survey, with access to exercise and recreational facilities ranked highest by a combined 30 percent of respondents (16 percent and 14 percent respectively). A recent survey among London office workers found exercise levels would improve if facilities were either provided at work or subsidized. 

The ability to hot-desk was also deemed appealing by young people, indicating that employers could benefit by taking a flexible approach to their workspace set-up. 

Workforce demographics are fluid, and it follows that workspaces need to be too. As more mature employees reach retirement age it’s natural that business owners’ recruitment efforts are geared towards attracting young talent. But our research suggests many are missing a trick when it comes to revising their workspace requirements which, as previous findings have suggested, could mean the difference between a rejection and an acceptance from a potential employee. Workplace adaptations for a younger market range from smaller measures, such as investing in a table tennis or pool table to enhance leisure and social opportunities, to revisiting the design and layout of the whole space to incorporate open-plan and relaxation areas.

Warren Bricknell is managing director of Dale Office Interiors. 


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posted on 7/20/2018