Tongue in Cheek: The Gap years
Tongue in Cheek: The Gap years
Post written by Paragon Interiors   June 19, 2018

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People are going to copy your product if you build great stuff. Just because Yahoo has a search box doesn’t make it Google. (Evan Spiegel)

We draw our inspiration from the chameleon. Skilled at walking a tightrope of variables and adapting to its circumstances is what a chameleon does best. Where they think camouflage and beetles, we think type of business, generation range, space, innovation, timelines and budget.

One of the most daunting challenges we face is accommodating various generational mind sets so that ultimately, everyone is happy, energised and productive. We take a quick, tongue-in-cheek look at this one variable. Picture it, 2018 and three generations under one roof!

We have Baby Boomers – categorised as post-war optimists with abounding opportunities in their day. Whilst they may be a dwindling category facing retirement, many still hold management positions and control the purse strings of the business. Years of being conditioned by parents about WWII rationing, one egg a week and having to endure recipes like ‘Eggless Sponge Gone Wrong’ has entrenched frugality and value for money in their DNA.

We have Generation X – the latchkey kids in their day. Hard working with a high level of pragmatism and caution, they’re also very skilled multi-taskers. They favour workplace flexibility and like to work with a degree of independence. The very thought of being subjected to an open office could precipitate an outbreak of hives.

Then we have Generation Y – the highly tech-savvy Millenials with a wide global knowledge and finely honed multi-channelling skills who like to push norms and boundaries. Mobile devices and apps are key to their existence and take preference over oxygen. Millenials are also family-centric, team-orientated and like to be mentored – providing you’re able to confiscate their earphones.

By the time Generation Z hits the workplace, it seems the only office they’ll need will be a park bench and a multitude of mobile devices! More entrepreneurial in spirit, these digital addicts are non-traditional learners with less focus, the attention span of a squirrel on speed and an expectation of immediacy and individuality. We’re bracing ourselves! Are you?

A little office tension is inevitable as these generation groups have been shaped by history, changing political and social landscapes, prevailing economic challenges and the onslaught of technology. Office life as we know it, will never be the same once boffs and bots ring the changes!