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Adapting the Workplace for Generation Y

Author: Suzanne M. Kile
Date: 2007
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

Generation Y members studying or practicing in business-related fields were surveyed to understand their physical workplace preferences. The first portion of the survey was designed to collect general demographic information along with the rating of favored workplace considerations and amenities. The second portion of the survey asked the participants to rate their preference of 12 Personal Workspace images and 12 Conference/Meeting images. The participants were then asked to select and comment on their most and least preferred images. The survey images were selected to represent categories ranging from traditional layouts to contemporary layouts. The survey was hosted through Survey Monkey and open for a two week period. A total of 79 surveys met the requirements for evaluation. The survey results concluded that the Generation Y participants rated the traditional images higher for both Personal Workspaces and Conference/Meeting Areas. The most favorable characteristics of these images were spacious layouts, privacy, aesthetics, and comfort.