EVERY DAY there are articles and stories about Millennials and how these kids are wrecking the way the world has always worked.
But Spaces, the global workspace analyst, bust the myth that flexible working times and co-working is a new Millennial craze. Their research shows that 51% of people born before 1964 (Befores) work remotely for more than half the week, when compared to 49% of those born after 1980 (Afters).
Of Afters, 52% believe flexible workspaces keep employee skills up-to-date through interaction with other professionals, compared to 42% of Befores.
- 67% of Afters are more concerned about being in a positive work environment than 58% of Befores.
- 55% of Befores think that remote working is more creative than being in a regular office, compared to a global average of 68% of Afters.
- 67% of Afters see flexible working as a business opportunity compared to 55% of Befores.
- 23% of Afters feel more strongly that having refreshments in an office promotes a productive work environment, compared to 13% of Befores.
- A reverse trend shows that 78% of Afters place less emphasis on Wi-Fi when compared to 85% of Befores. Afters feel networking is more important.
Business leaders are now seeing a flexible workspace strategy as a way of good employment.
- 72% of Afters think that companies choose flexible working because it motivates workers, which is a 10% increase compared to the Befores.
- 84% of Afters believe that flexible working helps companies to recruit and retain top talent, compared with 75% of Befores.
Martijn Roordink, founder of Spaces, said: “Creativity and collaboration breathes new life into a company and empowers employees of all ages.
“Sharing ideas and knowledge among workers lets others see different perspectives and find new ways to be creative.
“Different generations do view the aspects of office dynamics differently.
“No one is explicitly right or wrong in these situations – but smart employers will find a way to make sure that all generations can contribute their best ideas for the benefit of both the company and the workforce.”