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With the introduction of Generation Z, the expectations of the workforce are changing – and the office hasn’t been spared from these changing expectations, either. Now, employers are increasingly turning to property management to meet this new generation’s needs in preparation of the future.
The time of the Millennials conquering what a workspace should be is officially over: their successors have arrived into the workforce. Generation Z, as they’re being dubbed, are individuals born after the initial tech boom, who have grown up never knowing anything different. And now that they’ve reached employment age, these digital natives are shaking things up – starting with the workplace.
You may be wondering, however, how much different Generation Z could be to their predecessors, the Millennials. And on top of that, how much different could their workplace expectations be?
Commentators have discussed this at great length, and it’s become accepted knowledge that Generation Z’s abundance of instant updates has lowered their attention span, but increased their ability to process information. It’s also worth noting that Millennials, having dealt with the early days of the internet – dial up modems and limited hours a month from AOL – are generally more patient with technological developments.
For employers, this means Generation Z’s loyalty is fickle at best: they already expect retailers and brands to respond to them instantly, so why would they expect any less from where they work?
What Do Generation Z Want?
So, we understand that Generation Z are different to Millennials, and they’re after something more, but what exactly is it they’re after – and how can UK property management make this happen?
Firstly, we know that Generation Z value flexibility in their workplace, including breakout spaces, technology, and an overall dynamic environment.
Secondly, an environment in which they can feel comfortable and at ease is important to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit that comes as standard with Generation Z.
Finally, we know that Generation Z are digital natives, and want to bring that use of technology into the workplace. To make this a reality, employers need to create a secure workplace.
How Can Property Management Help?
If we take each of these different requirements and break them down into necessary steps, it becomes clear that employers a) have a lot to deal with and b) need to think about wider issues within the workplace. Thankfully, property management in the UK has risen to the challenge, offering solutions to each of these needs.
To address the level of flexibility Generation Z desire, for example, a property management firm can provide maintained offices. This tackles the different components of the need: it’s a smart space, designed with the people and space in mind, and looked after to a high standard, allowing Generation Z to work flexibly without having to think about managing the workplace.
As for comfort, property management services often include cleaning, creating a welcoming space that’s conducive to a happy, productive workforce. Comfort isn’t, after all, just about what type of chair you’re using or what the meeting sofas are like. A clean environment is the first instance of comfort.
Finally, UK property management companies have become adept at tackling the issue of secure workplaces to meet the demands of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend and increased technological assets in the office. As such, property management should also be the first port of call for securing the work environment – not just cleaning!
To the Future
Currently, Generation Z are only making their first tentative steps into the workforce, but they’re already marking a huge change in how businesses run their teams – and a business not prepared to tend to Generation Z’s needs is bound to suffer as a result.
That’s why, despite it being early days, it’s worth thinking about these issues now and adapting ahead of time. By playing the early bird, businesses can be better prepared for when the full force of the Generation Z workforce is felt – and with property management on side, employers will be able to offer Gen Z a workplace they’ll want to be a part of from day one.
Crowd UK is a provider of high quality property management in the UK. We understand the challenges facing employers when marrying the workplace to their employees – so you can count on us to help prepare your business for Generation Z’s office expectations. To find out more, simply get in touch with our team, or feel free to explore the website.