Generation Z is on deck to enter the workforce, pushing millennials out of the spotlight and further augment- ing the era of the five-generation
workforce. References to an “evolving” office may
not invoke the appropriate sense of urgency: Post-information age, the pace of workplace transformation is anything but glacial. The moment designers
solve one workplace quandary, we must address
another and another, and so on. With the advent
of Gen Z entering the workplace, a host of new
considerations about how, when, where, and why
we work await.
As designers, we are not challenged to keep
pace—we are tasked with shaping the future
of work through a better built environment.
Tomorrow’s workplaces must shift according to
individual need (regardless of age, ability, or
identification as an introvert or extrovert), support
and contribute to employee health and wellness,
and boost productivity and job satisfaction without
sacrificing a core component of design—beauty.
Here, IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO
Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, offers three
insights that are driving workplace design.
WELL Building Standards are blazing a trail for
human-centered workplaces—offering designers
and clients benchmarks for everything from air quality
to the accessibility of nutritious food and water to
incorporating fitness into the workday. WELL goes
beyond the eco-friendliness and sustainability of
building systems, furnishings, and materials to
encompass a holistic office capable of cultivating
healthy, happy, and productive employees.
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By Louisa Fitzgerald
IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst explains the
mindset behind one of the most active segments of commercial design.
WORK BY DESIGN:
THREE ESSENTIAL DRIVERS
Cheryl S. Durst