Workplace Trends #4 – Multiple Generations in One Workplace

When discussing multiple generations in the workplace, where do you fit in?

Traditional (1928 – 1945)
Boomers (1946 – 1964)
Generation X (1965 – 1980)
Millennials (1981 – 1991)

Every person has work preferences, but there are some consistencies in these preferences from one generation to the next that are having significant impact on work environments where the four generations are collaborating. Priorities for their workspace, as well as what they find distracting in the office vary. Teknion’s WorkplaceOne presentation highlights how the different generations rate aesthetics, ergonomics, the importance of a corner office, noise levels, dress code and amenities.

Generational Preferences

While a standardized office plan may have worked in the past, business owners need to realize that workspaces need the flexibility to meet the differing needs and wants of a multi-generational workforce. One size does not fit all anymore. An environment that provides options and choices to address a variety of work needs and styles will promote collaboration and attract talent of all age levels.

Creating a Company Culture: Encouraging Innovation

Do you ever have an idea that you think will help improve your company, a product offering or a service? Are you afraid to share that idea? Or maybe you think someone else in the company just has better ideas than you.

You don’t have to be a superstar to be innovative. Your experience doing what you do everyday just may help you think of a way to do things better. If so, then you are an innovator.

Do you have the time and freedom to think of new ideas during work, other talented team members to brainstorm with, and a work environment that supports collaboration? And what happens if your big idea is a big flop? A culture of innovation supports independent thinkers and understands that failure can play a key role in the true success of a new idea.

Companies are recognizing the need to empower their employees and create an environment that encourages collaboration and innovation. Joel A. Garfinkle identifies 4 Principles for Fostering Innovation in an Executive Insight article Here’s why leaders need to create a culture of tolerance to promote a spirit of innovation.