Collaboration In The Millennial Workplace

Collaboration in The Millennial Workplace

Millennials are dramatically changing work as we know it. Today millennials make up the largest part of the U.S. workforce, and their preferences are influencing not only the spaces in which we work, but how we work.

In order to attract millennial workers and keep them happy, companies need to adapt their workspaces to align with millennial expectations. Choosing not to adapt could be expensive, as millennials are the most likely generation to switch jobs, currently costing the U.S. economy $30.5 billion annually. Companies must embrace a new digital workplace by enabling all employees to be mobile both within and outside the four corporate walls, connect and share content and ideas seamlessly both in-person and remotely.

Adapting to New Workforce Needs

Countless companies have already started to adapt, whether driven by the objective to attract and retain young talent or foster a more collaborative workplace in general. The spaces in which we work have been changed significantly over the past several years. Walls and partitions have been removed in favor of a more open and collaborative office environment where often employees don’t have assigned desks. Gone are most conference rooms, instead replaced with more informal, huddle spaces for collaboration and ideation. And when they’re not working more closely in open offices, many employees are working remotely. In fact, nearly four million U.S. employees now work from home at least once a week.

As workplace layouts change and people are given more freedom to work outside the office, the technology employees use to share ideas is also changing. In some cases, “outside the office” quite literally means outside as companies have been adding much more natural light via oversized windows or outdoor workspace such a roof lounges to corporate build outs.  As the first fully connected generation, millennials are extremely tech savvy and they demand that the tech they use in their workspaces be as cutting edge as the technology they use in their personal lives. Restrictive tools such as whiteboards, one-way presentation devices, and boardroom technology hold ideas captive where they are lost, forgotten or erased.

Technology for the Digital Workplace

Portable digital writing devices ensure secure content that is never lost, and enable remote workers to more actively participate in meetings and ideation sessions. With state-of-the-art devices like the Quilla™, teams can capture ideas instantly and because content is saved in the cloud, it’s easy to pick up where you left off, or share your designs, concepts, and strategies with remote colleagues who can view and interact with content on Quilla from their mobile devices. Quilla is always-on and offers the familiar writing experience of pen and paper with a light, portable design, long-lasting battery, outdoor readability and WiFi so you can work from anywhere.  

To learn more about how to maximize Quilla’s capabilities at your workplace, check out this presentation.

To find out more about how Quilla is enhancing collaboration and ideation in the digital workplace, book a personalized demo.