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Designing an Office Space for All Generations

Posted by Norma Anthony on Jul 29, 2016 5:36:00 PM

Different generations work differently. While your Millennial employees may thrive in an open office space clamoring with noisy conversations, Baby Boomers may prefer a more traditional office space where they can focus on the task at hand.

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If you want to create a work environment operating at peak performance, you need to accommodate the diverse work styles of your employees. We’re sharing actionable advice and best practices for creating a workplace for all generations.

Embrace Active Designs

Sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day can take a toll on employees of all ages, physically and mentally. Motivate your employees to step away from the desk and stretch their legs by incorporating a break room at the far reaches of the office or distancing the bathrooms from the main work area. Place a Keurig, vending machines filled with healthy snacks, or even group games such as Foosball or Ping Pong in the break room to encourage employees to take advantage of this space and connect as a team.

Create Varied Workspaces

Many Millennials struggle with the transition from college life to work life. The shift from a flexible college work environment, where they could study at their own pace and on their schedule, to a professional corporate office can be stressful.

To help ease the transition, create diverse workspaces throughout the office, so employees aren’t sequestered in their cubicles all day long or distracted in an open office. In addition to a designated work area or cubicle for employees, provide lounge areas with comfortable seating away from the main hub of the office and private areas where introverts can find privacy in an open office. Millennials, or employees of any generation, can work in these areas when they desire a change of scenery, improving productivity and employee morale.

Make Open Offices A Little Less Open

Older generations may feel out of their element in an open office space. Accustomed to a traditional office design, they may miss the privacy a cubicle or office provides. Ensure employees of all ages feel comfortable in their work environment by incorporating movable walls. Movable walls can provide privacy in an open office environment, creating an agile work environment where all employees feel comfortable.

With varying work styles and mindsets, it can be a challenge to create an office space suitable for all generations. By following these tips, you can design the ideal workplace for multi-generational employees, increasing employee satisfaction and productivity.

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