If you take a look around your office, you’ll likely notice that it’s a very different place to a few generations ago. Not only are teams more diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity, but they’re also very diverse in terms of age. In fact, we’re at a point where many organizations will see four different generations in the workplace. Here are some tips from our contemporary office furniture on how to help everyone get onto the same team.
What are the Four Different Generations All About?
While it’s important not to expect every person from each generation to fit the mold, it’s important to have a good idea of the general characteristics of each generation. Here is a brief summary:
This includes people born from 1946 to 1964 and is the first generation to be known for prioritizing their work ethic. Face-to-face interaction is more important than tech, and they’re known for being competitive, driven, and single-minded.
Born between 1965 and 1980, Gen X is more about work-life balance. They’re generally independent, flexible, and adaptable.
This generation, born between 1981 and 1995, is known for their love of technology. Millennials tend to have better formal education than other generations, they prefer flexibility and have an independent, entrepreneurial spirit.
Born between 1996 and 2010, these will be the youngest members of your workforce. They’re tech-savvy, multicultural, and ambitious, wanting to constantly improve their skills and embrace a life of fast-paced, interesting challenges.
Bridging the Gaps to Create a Vibrant, Productive Team
Diversity comes with its challenges. But, the rewards are considerable too, if you put effort into bringing your team together.
One of the most important things is to understand the differences and make compromises, even in terms of office design. Invest in contemporary office furniture. But, don’t implement standing desks across the board. Instead, ask for input from your team and try to create a space that offers flexible use to everyone.
When deciding on a design scheme, don’t embrace something that’s very young and trendy, just as you shouldn’t go for a 1980s cubicle farm or an open-plan only space. Instead, create a variety of spaces that will suit different roles and work styles. Have collaborative spaces and private spaces to suit different work modes; places where your team can meet to brainstorm and then retreat to focus on their tasks. Make sure the furniture is comfortable, accessible, and ergonomic. And, do bring in a mix of styles to deliver a look that’s as eclectic as your team.
Remember that designing an office space for four generations isn’t about appealing to just one sector. Rather, it’s about bringing your team together to help them deliver the best possible performance. It’s a challenge where an experienced office design and fitment team can be of significant assistance.
Let Our Contemporary Office Furniture Team Design and Deliver Your Ideal Office Space
BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing office space that supports your culture of diversity, agility, and engagement. In addition to our wide range of office furniture, including modern reception desks and office reception area furniture, we can also assist you with expert workspace design and fitment, as well as office furniture recycling. Let us help you bring out the best in every generation.
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