The cultural legacy of every generation is shaped by complex factors: social movements, global uprisings, economics, technological breakthroughs, and evolving views on privacy.
Understanding how these facets interact and affect individuals, and then applying that insight to workplace design, have been focal points for Kay Sargent, senior principal, director of WorkPlace at HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm.
“As the Millennials have matured, their legacy is starting to be more clearly defined,” Sargent said. “We know what has impacted Gen Z, but their legacy is yet to be determined. I strongly believe that we grossly over-labeled the Millennials, and I don't want to do the same thing to the Gen Zs.”
Sargent opines that while many companies focused on designing for Millennial workers, Baby Boomers did not retire as quickly as people expected, creating myriad workplace challenges. Sargent proposes new, inclusive workplace design concepts that will support multiple generations and an increasing population of neurodivergent workers.