The workspace is changing. It is a change that began long before the pandemic but following lockdowns and working from home, that change is a long way further down the line than initially expected. The arrival of Generation Z (Gen Z) into the post-pandemic office’s has heralded a new form of workplace. Sustainability and wellness are the expectations for the workplace from it’s newest entrants.
Here we explore how Gen-Z are weaving their way into coworking spaces and why.
How coworking spaces have been catering to Gen-z post pandemic
The pandemic was the greatest change to modern office working in living memory. It forced everyone away from the office and into their homes. Working from home is not actually a pandemic product and during a regular week, flexible working can benefit office productivity. However, the rush back to offices in 2021 was expected; working from home was no longer viable. The initial productivity boost of working at home had been used up and many needed the formalities of the office back.
These formalities work; they provide structure. However, working does not have to be so uncompromising anymore. Flexible solutions are available. Uncommon has wider opportunities for more traditional private offices, as well as smaller teams or individuals. We have on offer an abundance of breakout spaces alongside our cafe’s and outdoor spaces. If you’re a solo remote worker (which is the case for a lot of Gen-Z), then you have the choice of a day pass, allowing you to experience the space without missing out on any benefits.
For Generation Z, this was the ultimate baptism of fire; graduating into the office during its greatest upheaval in modern times. However, it simply served to accelerate the changes for the modern office.
According to EY, this next generation of workers are 67% are moderately or extremely worried about their physical or mental wellbeing. Work is no longer about clocking in and building a pension, Gen Z want these workplace benefits, flexible working and support in a personal and business sense. Wellness and personal health are key aspects of modern life and the office of the future must cater for all these needs.
So, what is Gen-Z looking for?
Generation Z entering the office space also look beyond the wage and benefits package. Companies are expected to be socially, politically and environmentally aware. The impact of sustainability and diversity are as important in the modern corporate horizon as salary. This is no different to the modern workspace. Generation Z has seen the office space revolution in Silicon Valley from the comfort of their own home and many ask themselves: “Why not have a slide in the office?”.
Dog friendly offices have spiked in popularity. At Uncommon, we believe office dogs boost productivity and encourage healthy social interaction and that is why all our spaces are dog-friendly. Moreover, the working day has changed for Gen Z. Traditional offices maintain standard hours but late nights are often expected of employees. The modern Gen Z employee believes strongly in personal time and space; away from the office. That means many young workers have set their own hours and will typically have no qualms about leaving if it is passed finishing time.
As this new generation has gradually entered the office a shift in company ethics has swiftly followed. Environmental sustainability has been at the forefront of this ethical change. Young workers have entered workspaces and expect a sustainability policies from prospective employers. Additionally in the wake of the Black Live Matter protests last summer and continued gender discrepancies, companies are expected to be socially and politically aware.
“In truth, Gen Z have been in the workforce for a couple of years now. In fact, by 2025 they will account for almost 1/3 of the working population.” – Blueprint Interiors
Uncommon Spaces will become more common
As people seek these alternative office spaces, coworking will continue to rear it’s head as the modern solution. For the freelancer, the benefits are obvious. The ability to work in a space on a day pass enables any freelancer to experience office space without long term contracts. The modern corporation looks to these spaces too. Private offices in a shared building, a communal area which is the perfect space to network and socialise which is an offer that the traditional office has failed to propose.
The pandemic was the first wave of this revolutionary tidal wave barrelling towards traditional offices. Workspaces like Uncommon will not be uncommon for long.
At Uncommon, our spaces use the Activity Based Working method (ABW). This encourages individuals to carry out tasks in certain areas of a coworking space which have been designed specifically to support that particular activity. We have areas dedicated to collaborative working, phone booths for privacy and quieter areas to enhance concentration. There is much research to suggest that ABW can really help increase productivity and efficiency.
Our various memberships on offer at our four London locations support this Activity Based Working model. It gives people an opportunity to work in their chosen environment flexibly, comfortably and successfully. Uncommon has done extensive research over many years to showcase the correlation between how workplace design can have an impact on wellness. What we have to offer to businesses and individuals alike is a way of working that fits their needs and boosts their overall satisfaction.
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Uncommon takes pride in helping businesses thrive. Our workspaces are designed with your wellbeing in mind. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Visit our locations in Borough, Highbury & Islington, Fulham, and Liverpool Street to experience our unique vision of working life across London.