Four Generations. One Workspace. 


As people are living longer and working later in life, four generations are sharing a workspace for the first time in history. With experiences and viewpoints that span seven decades, 15,500 employees that range from the Silent Generation to Generation Y were asked what, to them, is most important at work. Not surprisingly, the four disparate generations rarely agreed, but their answers did offer some insight into the ideal office of the future.

Six metrics that matter now

Representing three United States-based multinational companies in 40 countries, respondents weighed in on the importance of these workplace features.


What the future holds

CHOICE: The office will provide features, technology, and policies that enhance the freedom to decide how, where, and when employees work. Training will center on using space and technology wisely.

EXPERIENCE: The workplace will shift from supporting function to creating an environment that embraces the social and emotional components of work.

INTEGRATED WORK: Spaces will support working in individual and group settings. The future office will have an active feel, with a constant flow of people in and out of the space.

DISPERSED SPACES: Easily accessible, multi-use spaces will be sprinkled throughout. Imagine an open landscape with some offices, as well as formal and informal meeting areas.

Source: Knoll Workplace Research, “Generational Preferences: A Glimpse into the Future Office”

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