In a society that's changing at lightning speed, it's more important than ever to build smart workplaces that bridge the generations.
One person wants the meeting room to be converted into a library, while a younger member of staff thinks a pinball machine would be great. Recognise this squabbling from coffee breaks?
The attitude we have to our workplaces today is totally different to what it was just a few years ago. In the 1980s, most companies had a hierarchical structure, which was reflected in austere office environments where people sat and worked in small booths. Developments in technology turned this upside down and brought with them brand new requirements. Nowadays, the keywords are interactivity and mobility. People have to be able to work from anywhere. For many young staff, who have come directly from university, this is essential. They are used to environments that focus strongly on shared spaces and collaboration. Consequently, a carefully considered interior design, which attracts new talent and utilises the capacity of older employees, is crucial. Not least because, by the year 2060, 40 per cent of the population of Europe will be over the age of 55.
"For the first time, we have four generations in the workplace and this means that everyone must thrive and find their own individual ways of working. It is important to remember that a 70 year old and a 20 year old have completely different needs in the workplace," says Henrik Axell, Concept Developer of Kinnarps' Activity Based Working Environment.
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