The way people work is changing fast and this can be attributed to the arrival of Generation Y in the workplace.
We are facing a huge generational shift as many Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are currently retiring, making way for Generation Y (born around 1977 to the 1990s).
Also known as the Millennials, they are the fastest-growing sector of the workforce and are described as technologically savvy, collaborative and socially connected.
This younger talent pool thrives in an atmosphere that is conducive to teamwork. They spend more time collaborating in technologically supported environments and less time working at independent workstations or offices.
It is predicted that temporary workstations will become the norm with Gen Y, as many will be working online from anywhere in the country or even the world. This will result in a reduction in office space.
These ‘digital natives’ have a desire for flexibility and have a preference for speed and efficiency in their jobs. They also value quality of life, meaningful work and the opportunity for learning and promotion, more than they value remuneration.