Commercial Architects at OTJ Predict Corporate Office Shift Based on New Millennial Projection

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OTJ Architects wants to know if your office is prepared for the 46 percent of millennials corporate America will consist of as early as 2020.

Open environment at the LivingSocial Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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In less than 10 years we’ll see those businesses who adapted succeed wonderfully in terms of recruitment and retention, and those businesses who didn’t realize the importance will likely struggle.

The commercial architects and workplace design specialists at OTJ Architects are helping businesses prepare for the biggest shift corporate America has seen in the last two decades. It is estimated that 46 percent of U.S. workers will be made up of millennials by 2020, and that is projected to grow to 75 percent by 2025, according to a recent finding by Impact lab. While many companies begin to prepare their business plan for the upcoming year, smart businesses are preparing for long-term success by investing in cool, relaxing and social office environments to meet the needs of this upcoming generation of workers.

Generation Y, often known as millennials, consist of those who were born between 1979 and 1997. And pretty soon, companies of all sizes will be vying for this group of professionals who have very different mentalities and needs. In order for small businesses to get ahead of their competition, they need an office environment that accommodates this generation’s dynamic.

“In less than 10 years we’ll see those businesses who adapted succeed wonderfully in terms of recruitment and retention, and those businesses who didn’t realize the importance will likely struggle,” says Lance Jaccard, partner at OTJ Architects.

According to CNN, this generation is set to transform office life. To understand what this change means to employers, experts have been looking into the work patterns and preferences of more than 15,000 employees in 40 countries and across four generations.

The differences found between millennials and baby boomers are that of night and day. Unlike the older generations before them, millennials are used to collaborating and easily communicating with their team members. They work best through open and frequent collaboration, they want constant feedback on their performance and their preferred ways to communicate almost never involve a simple phone call, according to The New Work Style of Generation Y by the Society for Human Resource Management.

For small businesses, that means creating a workspace that fosters open communication by getting rid of high-walled cubicles and offices for executives and creating an open environment where people sit beside each other instead of being blocked off. Prioritizing an engaging workspace, Generation Y employees blend their personal and private lives, and they like a workplace to feel residential and like home.

Contact OTJ Architects to discuss your architectural needs today.

About OTJ Architects
OTJ Architects is a well-respected national architecture and interior architecture design firm that has successfully completed thousands of projects throughout the country. Founded in 1990, OTJ is comprised of five studios headquartered in Washington, DC, with more than 60 architects and designers, many of whom are LEED Accredited Professionals. OTJ is registered in 37 states and is able to consult in all 50 states. The responsive architecture and interior architecture consultants create effective environments through listening, understanding and tailored design. These designs focus on helping clients enhance collaboration, company branding and employee recruitment and retention. OTJ’s design teams provide clients with personalized attention to create workplace solutions that reflect their unique, individual needs. For more information visit http://www.otj.com/.

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