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Knoll has come out with a very interesting look at kids 16 and under, Generation Z. They will start entering the workplace by the end of the decade and have a dramatic impact on it. In the article Gen Z are compared to Gen Y as well as their parents in Gen X. Their workplace needs will require different planning models and spaces.
While Generation X is comfortable with traditional workplaces and accept new workplace ideas with practical applications; and Generation Y is at ease with open, unstructured workplaces; Generation Z will need layouts with clear circulation, visual access and spaces whose intent are obvious.
The article summarizes: “They value structure and predictability and “get” the online world, yet are easily distracted, and will be challenged navigating face-to-face work relationships.”
It projects these modificatons to today’s workplace:
“Knoll proposes three key workspace opportunities to support Generation Z’s needs:
- A sense of structure through clear layout and making obvious the purpose of spaces
- “Enclave” spaces that support blended face-to-face/online meetings
- “Refuge” spaces that offer space for real-time coaching, and a place that minimizes distractions and encourages focus work when needed”
The benefit to you: knowing your employees lets you understand their unique workplace needs and plan accordingly. And that lets you have the most productive workplace possible.
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