If companies want to stay on top with the youngest, freshest talent, they need to find a way to attract and retain staff who look at the workplace from a completely new perspective.
Millennials are creative, collaborative creatures, with a strong desire for all-things technology. According to one white paper, Millennials actively work better in teams, preferring collaborative environments over siloed offices. In the past, Gen-X workers and baby boomers preferred more face-to-face interaction, while millennials are keen to jump into the future with virtual conferencing and new flexible tech. As such, it makes sense that the workforce of tomorrow would be drawn to huddle rooms, team apps, and everything that makes remote working so effective.
Millennials and Collaboration
Millennials are highly self-motivated workers. They don’t need micromanagement – all they need is the right tech. That’s why we’re starting to see a lot of traditional workplace hierarchies disappear from the standard office space. With 95% of millennials craving the opportunity to telecommute, it’s no surprise that mobile collaboration apps are becoming increasingly popular.
Research shows that millennials adore mobile apps, with 90 hours a month spent on smartphone applications alone. The fact that millennials have grown up in such an inter-connected world, means that they require a different approach to office collaboration tools – one that adheres to the versatility and flexibility they need in their work/life balance.
Embracing Collaborative Apps
It’s the millennial workforce that’s currently setting the standards when it comes to application needs in any modern business environment. The more that you can transform your workplace with mobile team applications, the more empowered the latest generation becomes. After all, millennials inherently prefer the quicker, more efficient methods of working that collaboration apps provide.
Raised in a completely connected world, Millennials expect access to the latest and greatest solutions to collaboration – making work more efficient from wherever they might be. For instance, 60% of millennials are using SaaS applications like Dropbox and Google Drive, compared to only 38% of baby boomers. The same study to find this result also showed that:
- 32% of millennials collaborate on phones, tablets, and smartwatches, compared to 23% of baby boomers
- 40% of millennials prefer online meetings – through video and voice conferencing, compared to 26% of baby boomers
- 45% of millennials prefer to use email, chat, or text to communicate with partners, vendors, and team members too – compared to only 36% of baby boomers
The Rise of the Huddle Room
With so much demand for new and improved collaboration technology and fewer “in-person” meetings, it makes sense that the millennial generation would also be keen to adopt huddle rooms over larger conference spaces. Huddle rooms give more intimacy to the collaboration space, and also provide users with access to the latest and greatest technology – which is a key concern for the millennial workforce.
Huddle rooms are perfect for the millennial workforce because they allow these younger professionals to hold meetings instantly, in a more tech-infused environment. It also means that they can reach out to other millennials who don’t want to commute back and forth to work when they can access the same software from any device. By allowing globally dispersed workers to communicate more readily with people in the office, huddle rooms allow for stronger real-time discussions within the millennial community.
For the modern workforce, collaborative apps and huddle spaces are a dream come true.