NAIROBI, Kenya 20 Sept – In this first series of #MillennialWorkers, we look at companies creating working environments conducive for the young employee in terms of physical facilities and staff welfare.
We have started with three organizations out of the six we will feature as companies responding and forecasting the needs of the 18 to 35-year-old employee, who now constitute over half of the Kenyan workforce.
The adoption and uptake of cool, funky yet functional offices can be traced to global tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter, with tech start-ups pushing the envelope in regards to workplace design.
The onset of technology and mobility has shaped the working culture of Millennials that distinctively sets them apart from their baby boomers seniors. For example, Millennials are more likely to hold a brainstorming meeting at a coffee lounge, the garden or at the roof top as opposed to a corporate boardroom.
Now, companies in Kenya are modeling offices to align with the needs of their employees, providing facilities like gyms, lunch programs, recreational rooms, snack bars and crèches. Three companies – Safaricom, Chase Bank and M-Kopa Solar, gave us a pass to feature their offices.
We set out to look for offices that have; sufficient natural light, office and parking space, green spaces, recreation rooms, cafeteria, health and wellness facilities such as a clinic, gym and crèche.
Photos by @MuthoniNjuki.