CREATING A WORK ENVIRONMENT THAT’S BETTER THAN HOME
As Gen X and Gen Y workers begin to mature, what they are looking for in a workplace is vastly different than generations before them. They dislike corporate politics and bureaucracy, yet they take on responsibility gladly, especially if it comes with the flexibility to manage their work/life balance. It has become essential to create spaces that attract these knowledge workers – including touchdown stations for mobile work and work cafes and lounge spaces that allow for socialization and informal collaboration.
As the office evolves and the workforce is increasingly mobile, the paradigm is shifting. The workplace must become a place where employees of every generation want to go – to engage, collaborate and learn – and the spaces we design must support these shifting ideals.
WORKPLACE DESIGN THROUGH THE DECADES
1950s & 60s | The chance for a private office, maybe even in a corner location, helps attract and motivate the man in the gray flannel suit.
1970s & 80s | Signature buildings with big atriums, dramatic lobbies, and assigned cubicles for everyone are icons of successful, desirable employers.
1990s & 00s | Dot-com companies popularize foosball and pool tables, casual dress codes, and more informal work environments.
2010 + | Workers seek flexible, anywhere/anytime workspace, technology and customization.