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Designing workspace for an ageing workforce? Study finds ALL employees want the same things

by on March 6, 2014

Reported in the Guardian in their “Older People” section, under the headline How can workplaces meet the needs of ageing employees? , Jeremy Myerson discusses his research into the answering this question.  He found that “young workforces have far more in common with their greybeard colleagues when it comes to the physical workspace than is commonly believed. It isn’t just older workers who crave quiet and privacy when they want to concentrate on solo tasks – or dedicated tools and spaces for collaboration when they want to work in a team. Everybody does.”

Reading between the lines it seems that the ‘generational differences’ at work are often overplayed.  He further suggests “contemplation remains the missing link in office design, particularly so in the aftermath of the financial crash, which has depleted workplace design budgets. It seems we still have a long way to go to make our workplaces more welcoming and comfortable. Right across the age range.”

I’m off for a coffee and a contemplate then!

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