Today’s workforce is a complete mix of different generations working together; bringing differing mindsets and work styles to a work environment.
So, can we create an office design which suits all these differences in generational needs? If so, how can we achieve it to keep everyone in a workplace happy? Join us as we take a closer look into how we can keep workers of all generations feeling happy and comfortable in their workplace.
The best way to keep your multi-generational office happy is to create a working environment which is completely age neutral. It’s no use trying to force quirky, modern designs on a workforce which is made up of older people as well as young, as they may not appreciate it as much as your younger workers.
The older generations are used to a more corporate and formal office environment than a modern, vivid office space. Introducing them to such an environment may confuse them, or make them feel uncomfortable.
One way to combat this is to create work spaces which can be personalised by the staff using it. Adding this flexibility to a work space allows your workforce to adapt their surroundings to what they like, without intruding on anyone else’s work space and making them feel uncomfortable.
The trend for companies nowadays is to have many more open areas for staff to engage and collaborate in. The open spaces generally have a variety of different functions which, for example, means you don’t always necessarily have to just use the break area for eating your lunch. You can use it to have a general chat or a collaborative meeting with your colleagues.
This doesn’t mean that private offices won’t be used in the future. There will always be a need for private work spaces for those employees who may feel that they work better in their own environment, away from the distractions of an open plan office. This also doesn’t mean that these lone workers can’t collaborate if they feel like they want to. That’s why introducing these multi-purpose, open areas is a fantastic idea; to encourage even the people who prefer working alone to put their ideas forward!
Here at Officescape, we provide an office design service that is bespoke to your company. We want to make sure that you and your work colleagues feel comfortable in your office environment, no matter what generation they are. Our attention to detail makes sure that every single one of your requirements is met in an attractive, and relevant manner. If you would like to find out more about our office design service, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling our team on 01553 811833 and we will be happy to advise you on your query.