The Future of Workspace
The work environment is changing. The next generation of work space is a reflection of the behaviors, attitudes and design of what was traditionally called office and industrial space. Today's worker, part of the generational cohort called Millenials (Gen Y), is here and is a majority of the country's population. Currently they make up 28.8% of the workforce, compared to 23.7% who are Baby boomers. A study by Forbes projects that three out of four workers will be Millennials by 2025. Millenials are driven by purpose and global perspective and seek clean technology solutions, goods, services and processes that use smaller equipment.
They are collaborative, informal and prefer to work in an open informal area as opposed to a closed office or cubicle. Workspace may look more like a neighborhood coffee house than an office building and the workspace environment could become a recruiting tool.
The structure required for this generation of
workers is the next generation of space. A "Next-Gen" building is neither traditional office nor industrial, positioned for on-time demand, and has a flexible design which highlights:
*Single or multi-story
* Multi-purpose use
* Open informal space concept
* Meeting and collaboration space
* Flexible floor plans and design
* Space for technology/lab/innovation
* Space for loading/unloading merchandise (e.g. rear double door or garage door)
This Next-Gen building is designed for a less formal worker who prefers less hierarchy and desires a space for collaborative innovation.
Apple headquarters building.