Michael O’Neill, Haworth

By 2020, four generations will be sharing the office environment. The majority will be Millennials, but Generation Z, the kids of Gen X - will be entering the workforce at this time. Organizatiosn need to reconsider the complex, ambiguous office space popularized for Millennials - which do not fit the needs of other generations, especially Z - and shift to a more inclusive office design and policies that supports all generations, abilities, and backgrounds.

This session outlines a planning approach for the future that emphasizes the "legibility" of space. Legible offices offer understandable planning configurations and spaces' that clearly communicate their meaning and intended use. This is a universal design principle for the "age-neutral" office of the future.

This session will offer a practical understanding of the principles of "legible" office design and how it can lead to a more inclusive work environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Offer a deeper understanding of the challenges organizations face with regard to multiple generations, especially Generation Z, and how to respond with effective office design solutions.
  • A practical understanding of the specific principles of design for legibility.
  • Exposure to a new tool for modeling the impact of workspace design features on the economic value of human capital - including engagement and employee replacement costs - expressed in financial terms.

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