Looking to attract young talent? Here’s how.

August 29, 2018

Businessmen playing table football with other coworkers in the background. Creative office space.

By 2025, millennials will represent 75% of the global workforce according to a Deloitte study. By that same year Generation Z (the post-millennial generation) will be entering the workplace as well. All of this means that you need to start thinking about how to attract young talent. Surprisingly, your facility’s design may play a large role.


According to a survey by Mindspace, over a fifth of millennials (currently aged 22-37) have turned down jobs of because the uninspiring design of the potential employer, 16% of 18-24 year olds said that they have left a job because of how poorly designed the office was and 28% of workers have said their workspace was outdated and dull.


Things young employees are looking for in an office?


  • Over a third of 18- to 34-year-olds have cited “chill-out zones” as an important feature. These zones offer a space where your staff can chill and recharge from time to time, which has been proven to boost employee motivation.
  • One quarter of workers reported they prefer the energy and inspiration of an open workspace.
  • Sixteen percent said they wanted access to exercise equipment and 14% said they wanted to be able to interact with their employees through various activities like billiards, ping pong, etc.
  • Eight percent of workers said they are looking for more flexibility through options like hot-desking, where multiple workers utilize the same work station during different time periods.


According to Warren Bricknell of Dale Office Interiors, “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.”


For help in updating your facility’s design, contact Vanguard Resources.