The Death Of The Cubicle: Commercial Office Spaces Open Up To Work Functionality

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, Millennials now form the largest population of working Americans. This collaborative, quick-shifting generation has come of age during a time when work isn’t set hours or even set locations; it’s an activity and one that should be enjoyed as it happens. They crave interaction, movement, and flexibility. They defy the status quo. They want deeper rewards than compensation.

Statistically less loyal and more demanding than preceding generations, Millennials are having a substantial impact on how companies hire candidates, reward productivity, and design their offices and workrooms.

In other words, goodbye cubicle farms.

A Workplace For Everything

Companies looking to stay ahead of the curve have set up activity-geared workstations designed for the type of work to be done. They set aside conference rooms and video lounges for online and offline collaboration. They built private, but unassigned—offices for phone calls and individual projects. They created hospitality nooks the serve coffee and snacks, while placing long work tables with plenty of seating so people can work in proximity (while remaining focused on the task at hand).

In companies like this, the constant movement throughout the office increases engagement, creativity, mental acuity, and physical health. These are great benefits considering the most recent stats show the typical cubicle employee sits for almost 8 hours a day.

Integration Is The New Balance

Millennials (who were raised by working parents glued to laptops at dinner tables), also believe work-life balance is a myth. For them, a way to make the best of life is to integrate personal and professional as gracefully as possible. For today’s companies, this means creating a work environment conducive to this whole-life approach. By incorporating food, convenience, and exercise options, companies allow employees to make the best use of their time and energy –  especially since Millennials will likely work long after they leave the building.

Design Emphasizes Company Culture

In most cases, employee satisfaction translates to customer satisfaction, so the happier you can make your workforce, the better they—and by extension your company—perform. Determining your exact commercial office configuration will take the hand of an experienced interior designer trained in human-centered design; by identifying the key behaviors and optimal outcomes, spaces can be created to increase efficiency, productivity, innovation, and collaboration. Your exact mix will depend on your company’s industry, goals, and talent pool. The more you align your workspaces with your company’s mission and values, the more likely employees and candidates can identify and reinforce them.

Brown Wegher has been designing and building commercial spaces for years and has helped companies achieve optimal performance from their employees while making the most of commercial square footage. Great design can be a work of art, but it can also be the art of work, if you are willing to think outside the box. And the cubicle.

When you are ready to build your new office space, Brown Wegher is ready to join your team. Contact us today to see how we can make your building project one that will work for you.