By Gauri Sarin, Mic.com
The sun is setting on the American cubicle.
Millennials have already overtaken baby boomers as the largest living generation in the U.S., and they're poised to dominate the workforce — according to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle, millennials will be the dominant demographic by 2020. And as Boomers retire, so too is the outmoded office design that came to define their generation's corporate work environments.
Since the emergence of the modern startup at the turn of the century, tech companies like AOL, Google and Facebook have led the charge in reimagining the rigid formalism of traditional offices in favor of more flexible, human-centered workspaces. As a result, traditional corporations are following suit with ambitious design aimed at fostering work-life balance, retaining the best talent, and inspiring greater productivity.
Here are a few ways that the values and design aesthetics of tech startup culture have infused the offices of forward-looking organizations as they strive to provide their young workers with spaces for creativity and collaboration.