What Do Millennials Really Want?
- Jul 02, 2015
- Legal Life
I’ve got an unfortunate bit of news for you prestige-hounds in the audience: The palatial “corner office” may be on its way out. While this is surely a source of chagrin for baby-boomer lawyers nation-wide, Nixon Peabody’s DC offices are confident it will be a boon for millennials.
That seems to be the target of a vast new office design campaign taking hold in major cities throughout the country. Perhaps in imitation of California’s start-up culture, many firms are opting to throw out the classic model of imposing marble reception desks with modest associate setups and coruscating , large-windowed, partner offices. In its place is a more democratic, open, and communal office environment focused on equity and collaboration. In the case of Nixon Peabody, the aesthetic is completed with a massive wall of television sets, which fill the quixotic millennial’s bright, wide eyes all day long with tales of the firm’s pro bono beneficence.
But we at Blueprint LSAT Prep got to wondering: how effective are these efforts at bringing in the next generation of talented lawyers? Can’t be more effective than, say, a keg on Fridays at 2pm, right? (A craft keg, that is; millennials don’t drink horse urine – no matter how long it’s been “beechwood aged”). Or perhaps intrafirm communication solely by text messages, rather than email? Or better yet, exclusively emoji text messages?
If all that seems a little far-fetched, I think I can speak for my fellow millennials when i say that we’ll settle for a 32-hour work week for the time being. I’m sure these Nixon Peabody junior associates wouldn’t mind a corresponding 20% decrease in billable hours requirements, either. Do you have any thoughts on how to make the work environment more attractive? Let us know, in the comment section below!
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