The U.S. workplace is undergoing one of its largest transformations in the past 40 years. Although the magnitude of this evolution is difficult to notice when viewed in short time frames, by 2020, the percentage of employees in the workplace from the Baby Boom and Millennial generations will have completely reversed from the composition in 2010, with Millennials increasing to 50% of the U.S. workforce and Boomers decreasing to 25%. Because of their size, these generations already exercise significant influence on the workplace and will undoubtedly impact the nature of work well into the future.
In the workplace, a recent phenomenon that illustrates this influence is the huddle room, which is a small space that facilitates quick, casual, often unplanned meetings. The industry uses the terms “huddle rooms” and “huddle spaces,” with the former defined as a space enclosed by walls and the latter as an open space. In this white paper, we use the term “huddle room” to refer to both types of spaces.
This paper aims to:
•Summarize the demographic shift from a Boomer to Millennial majority in the workforce, while highlighting multigenerational worker preferences
•Explain how culture and technology have become practically indistinguishable business issues
•Explore the huddle room as one manifestation of this convergence
•Introduce the components, technology, and process of building successful huddle room spaces within your office.