An independent survey commissioned by tHe Haymarket Edinburgh, has found that 60% of employees aged 26-34 consider open plan workspace as much more appealing space to work in compared to only 31% of 45-54 years olds. The survey, conducted by Yolo Comms, questioned senior executives of over 200 of Scotland’s Top 500 businesses on key issues affecting their decision-making when it comes to attracting top talent into their workforce.
After location and proximity to public transport and career development opportunities, office attributes such as open plan layouts and breakout space, were considered as strong motivators when considering a new position of employment. Recent research has shown that the millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000, otherwise known as Generation Y) and the start-up culture, favour open floor plan and collaborative workspaces.
They value flexibility and common areas that are set up for specific tasks rather than specific people. Many consider open offices more conducive to collaborative working, significantly helping towards promoting transparency and fairness. In short, fewer walls and doors make management seem more approachable and encourage information to flow freely.
Ros Taylor is a leading UK and international clinical psychologist, author and corporate coach. She features regularly in national press and was named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the top 10 coaches in Britain. She explains: “I can really understand why a millennial workforce would embrace an open plan office space. They have come from an education system that is collaborative, in which they have had to discover facts and ideas for themselves and are not told or instructed any more by a higher authority. So the concept of team working, of being close enough to bounce ideas off each other, is perfect for this generation.” In their quest to attract and retain this Generation Y, many companies are rethinking their physical space to fit such employees’ preferences.
Graham Haydon-White, Development Director at Tiger Developments, joint venture partner on tHe Haymarket Edinburgh £200m scheme with Interserve, said: “Today’s professionals want the freedom and choice to work where and how they want, which means they no longer want to be tethered to a single workstation for eight hours a day. They want spaces that inspire them and allow them to collaborate with others and work to their full potential.
It’s all about driving up productivity and tHe Haymarket, due for office element phase one completion in 2018, could not be better placed with its highly connected central location and Grade A office purpose-built specification.”