Generation Y and baby boomers differ on meeting room views

Older workers prefer structured, face-to-face meetings in a quality meeting venues while Generation Y workers like socially-tinged and technology-heavy meetings, according to a post on office like by cnn.com.

Quick and casual meetings are the preference of younger workers, reports CNN’s Susanne Gargiulo, while baby boomers prefer lengthy, formal meetings, emphasising the importance of how a meeting is set out depending on the attendees.

That’s not the only differences being reported in the workplace as youthful employees are set to transform the way businesses work within the next 10 years.

Office changes and the nature of work are set to radically change due to the generational shift, as those born between 1979 and 1997 enter the world of employment, reports workplace furnishing firm Knoll.

By the end of the decade, the balance of workers in the US will flip from approximately 50 per cent baby boomers and 25 per cent Generation Y workers to 25 per cent baby boomers and 50 per cent Generation Y workers.

Michael O’Neill, senior director of workplace research for Knoll, commented on the changes: “We are facing a huge generational shift, as baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) leave the workforce, and that means we have to rethink our workspace.

“[It] is a massive shift, and it will happen in less than eight years,” he added, cited by wibw.com.