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The Millennials are here and they will change the future of your business and office space!

If you’ve listened to recent economic reports or talk shows you may have heard about the new hot topic generation, the so called Millennials (take a look back in our News Section and you’ll see multiple media outlets referring to this new group). If you haven't, we will use the general definition of a Millennial as anyone born from the mid to late 1980s and 2000s, who are currently in their mid-20s to early 30s.

The media is mixed on their opinions of this group. For some, the millennials represent the problems of today’s adolescents. They are young, selfish, inpatient and lazy. They don’t “fit the mold” and are always on to the next trend or social media wave. Others, though see the millennials as channels for urban innovation, increased modern appeal and inspiration for unique ideas.

As a fellow Millennial, I’d recommend for any Raleigh business owner to ignore any negative misconceptions (because cynics will always exist) and really think like this: how can this new wave of talent, arguably to be the most educated workforce in history, impact my business? Two words: recruitment and retainment.

Tomorrow’s workforce is not focused on a “career” or industry limiting profession. Instead, we are constantly seeking the best outlet for our talents (whatever that may be). To reign in these “trendy” millennials, you and your business have be flexible in breaking down common corporate stereotypes and office layouts.

For detailed analysis on how the Millennials will affect your office and space layout, I am turning to Woody Coley, a fellow colleague and partner at Colliers International, who was recently featured in the Triangle Business Journal on how important it is to recruit and adapt your business to the new generation of employees aka the “Millennials.”

The Millennials have spoken on their office preferences

by Woody Coley (follow article below)

"Albeit amplified in major markets like New York, Atlanta and Chicago, the Triangle finds itself at the leading edge of paradigm changes in the way that real estate is located, designed and utilized in corporate America. Tomorrow’s work force doesn’t want offices in bucolic business parks near intersate exits. They seek the grit and authenticity of urban life, where socializing, work and living can occur within blocks.....

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