Designing Across Generations
Can Gen-Y multi-task better than other generations?
Today’s workplaces are comprised of members of Generation Y, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists. (Crocker, 2007; Cowell, 2009) Of course, people of multiple generations have always worked together. But unlike past generations—such as the farming families of the Dark Ages—the current workforce’s older and younger members’ life experiences and worldviews have little in common. This has raised the question of whether Gen-Y workers need different workspaces than their older colleagues.
Are Gen-Y’s Brains “Modular” or “Unconscious”?
Many people assume that younger workers can process information in fundamentally different ways than their older counterparts. This paper reviews research relevant to that assumption and explores the association between office design and communication styles.