The office is a different place now for employees compared to 20 years ago.
The ping pong tables, vending machines and beer fridges adorning offices today were not to be found in the past.
Suits and briefcases have been replaced by jeans and backpacks, in an office environment that is more focused on employee morale and freedom than ever before.
Big corporate companies might still wear suits, but even they are taking on ‘dress down Fridays’ or a tie-less approach. Many more places, even restaurants and cafes, are taking on smart-casual, or even just casual.
Like clothes, office layouts go through their own fashion cycles. Where once it was offices and cubicles, open-plan is your usual office style today. Many places are even bringing in bean bags, hammocks and chill-out areas for staff.
It’s not necessarily a 9 to 5 workday at the office anymore. Working hours have become more flexible to fit around employees’ needs, whether it’s due to other work commitments, family or studies.
Office perks such as games, alcohol and food are commonplace today. It joins the other changes in creating a workplace that employees enjoy being in.
Technology means we can email, call or collect data from anywhere. More and more people are working remotely or dividing their time between the office and home. It creates further freedom and flexibility and many millennial workers find they are more productive in their own home space.
The workplace has adapted to the way each generation is changing. With a millennial generation which can be hard to engage, a more liberal and relaxed workplace has emerged. These are all aspects of a job you can and should consider when looking for work.