We spend a lot of time talking about Millennials and how they are impacting the workforce and the office space. But what about Generation Z? Generation Z or ‘the Internet Generation’ is classified as the generation after Millennials, they are the demographic cohort born from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. They are the latest generation to enter the workforce, and generally speaking a ‘business’s ability to successfully recruit and retain talent is often dependent on how well they adjust to the changing needs of the workforce’ (CORT).
Gen Z is challenging ‘norms’ or traditional learning spaces, and there are a few reasons why.
This savvy Internet generation has been connected online for most of their lives, and have developed skillsets that are web-reliant, so they seek out atmospheres that will cater to their wi-fi needs. It has had a ripple affect on businesses and employers, and they are now investing in more tech throughout the office space, including furniture that enables employees to ‘plug in.’
Innovation in Design
Cubicles used to dominate offices across the nation, but now the shift in this trend is going towards more casual furnishings and open floor plans. Many Gen Z employees expect a more ‘residential feel’ in order to move freely within their work space and to collaborate with coworkers more effectively. Good options for this type of design are sofas, chairs, and coffee tables.
Gen Z has shown an interest in their health and wellness, which transcends into their work environment. ‘With such a strong emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, employees are also looking for ways to practice in the workplace’ (CORT). A few good ways to integrate health are to offer company exercise programs during lunch or to install a smoothie bar. As mentioned before, standing desks can help get employees up and out of their chairs.
Here are some furniture options that promote wellness in the workplace: