Designing the Office of the Future?

November 2014

  • Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, represent the new workforce generation and currently account for approximately 24%, or 77 million, of the adult population in the U.S. It is estimated that by 2025, more than 45% of the workforce will be comprised of millennials.
  • CBRE’s Workplace Strategy survey data covering multiple industries clearly suggest that variety, choice, access and transparency—preferences typically associated with millennials—are indeed important, but not only for millennials. Most of these are equally important to Generation Xers and baby boomers.
  • Survey findings suggest that instead of putting too much focus on designing the workplace around millennials, companies would yield better results by designing a well-balanced office that can accommodate the varied needs of different job functions and different preferences of individuals, independent of their age cohort.
  • CBRE is transforming its own work environment, featuring private spaces where individuals can focus, collaborative spaces designed for teams to work together and technology that enables employees to virtually work from anywhere. Among CBRE employees in these new offices, 93% wouldn’t go back to the old way of working, 79% feel they are more productive and 94% feel that they are able to more easily collaborate.

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