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  • Writer's pictureAmelia Curic

How will changing workforce demographics affect your workplace model?

Designing a workplace operations model that reflects changing expectations of your workforce is more important than ever. Today an employer must not just attract and retain staff, but provide them with the best environment for their productivity. And who should be the judge of that? 

Currently, 20% of the Australian workforce is Gen Y. Generally they’re willing and able to work anywhere, anytime, although some will have a sense of entitlement to their own office, or desk. The largest group, Gen X, form 50% of the Australian workforce. Brought up with technology, they typically appreciate a flexible working environment and are open to changes that will bring this. Millennials, however, now form 5% of the workforce, and have never known life without technology that delivers instant, global communication. Simple as breathing, they expect information and connectivity at their fingertips, and flexibility in their working environment.

Key elements of a workplace that reflects these characteristics will include fast WiFi, a well-designed variety of work settings (from collaborative spaces to quiet rooms to team areas), and a trusting attitude on behalf of management. If someone disappears to another floor all morning, it’s likely they’re collaborating with someone on another team to get a joint project completed. All of these changes need to be planned well in advance of the transition. 

Arguably more important than any of the physical changes is a thorough, tailored, sustained communications and engagement program that ensures all staff are on board with the changes to their ways of working. 

The best environments are those where people can choose a setting that matches their personal, and changing, workstyle requirements. Talk to the experts to ensure your new workplace can make this match: ring us on 1300 429 747, email or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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