The Generation Z workplace: well-being and productivity for the next generation
This interior design practicum investigates how workplace wellbeing and productivity can be optimized for members of Generation Z, who were born after 1996 and represent 23% of the Canadian population (Statistics Canada, 2016). This practicum also explores the integration of Generation Z’s values, characteristics, needs and preferences into the existing workforce, which includes members of the Baby Boomer Generation (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1976), and Generation Y (born 1977-1995). Furthermore, this project explores how interior design strategies can facilitate organisational goals such as intergenerational knowledge transfer, succession planning, and training. The investigations of Generation Z are theoretical, as their workplace needs and preferences are still unknown. By looking at sociological and psychological theory, market research data, and current workplace trends, it is possible to anticipate what the workplace may look like in the near future. Further investigations include contextual analysis, precedent analysis, and literature reviews on the environmental and psychological factors that affect workplace wellbeing and productivity. Each investigation provides valuable insights towards designing the Generation Z workplace. The resulting design for the workplace of the future is located in one of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s newest and most environmentally responsible buildings, Centrepoint at 311 Portage Avenue. The building, which has attained a Gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Standard, was strategically chosen to help the proposed design achieve environmental sustainability goals. Specific human health and wellbeing goals are also implemented and measured against the criteria in the WELL Building Standard.