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Generation Y prefers an open landscape

Today, resistance to open-landscape offices is very widespread, but SINTEF […]

Today, resistance to open-landscape offices is very widespread, but SINTEF researcher Morten Hatling believes that scepticism will gradually become much less pronounced as older employees retire, and that open solutions are ideal for the coming generation. Young people who are currently in the process of taking the step from school-desk to office-desk are not used to concentrating on just one thing at a time, and their demands of working life are quite different from ours today.

They are always logged in, flexible, they work “everywhere” and expect other people to be the same. It can be difficult to force them in to an office,” says Hatling. At the same time, he doesn’t believe that office “cells” are a thing of the past: for some types of work, it is useful to be able to close the door behind you.