Millennials are more like Boomers than you think, in workplace preference
Millennial-oriented workspaces – those wide-open, funky zones designed to foster “collaboration” – have become such a part of the tech office landscape that the hip HBO series “Silicon Valley” has made a running gag out of them.
But a new study of more than 5,500 office workers shows that Millennial employees don’t actually work that much differently than their more seasoned colleagues. Indeed, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials all gravitate toward similar working environments.
Stegmeier Consulting’s Insight…
This article shows how similar the preferences of different generations are. Most people value different kinds of work spaces. Both millenials and baby boomers recognize that there are tasks better suited to open collaborative spaces that encourage creative thinking and tasks better suited to quiet isolated spaces for concentration and focus intensive work. When designing an office, it is important to take into account not only the age of employees, but more importantly the suitability of a space for specific kinds of tasks.
Implementing a workplace change strategy does not have to mean a complete elimination of privacy in the office. Instead, a well-designed organizational layout should provide employees and managers alike easy access to a variety of work settings including areas for individual work to take place as well as spaces for collaboration. Even workplaces that have shifted to a more open space environment where everyone is easily visible and accessible can implement policies such as visual cues to indicate when someone is not currently available.
Stegmeier Consulting Group can assist with a wide range of challenges involved in implementing a workplace change initiative. Contact us to find out how our services can help your organization.
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