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Embracing Generational Ergonomics: How Gen Z Is Shaping the Future of Work

Each generation leaves its’ mark on the way we work.

The entrance of Generation Z marks a new era in workplace dynamics. Born between 1997 and 2012, Gen Z individuals have grown up in the digital age, but also witnessed that the previous generation didn’t manage to really achieve this ‘work life balance’ ideal. We are seeing this in our own workforce as well as that of our clients. It is also clear in the discussions that Nichola, our founder and director has with her children, both of whom are at university, and both very conscious of trying to obtain a work life balance when they move into the workplace.

This shift seems to already be affecting the physical aspects of workspaces we visit, but is it also redefining the very essence of work-life integration and influencing the reluctance of returning to the status quo before covid?

Generation Z and Ergonomic Design
Unlike their predecessors, Gen Z has benefitted from improvements in design, from gaming systems, computing and even evident in public places like cinemas! This appears to be influencing the transformation of spaces. On the flip side of this, their exposure to digital technology from such a young age has influenced physical and mental health and there is a lag in the level of formal ergonomics education to optimal usage.

Millennial Management and Modern Workspaces
As the next generation are stepping into management roles, they are bringing with them a more modern, positive, and proactive approach to office design. Covid accelerated a change that was already happening, where a pre-occupation with the traditional ways of working starting to disappear, and we realised that we needed places that actively energise us rather than sapping our spirits. We need variety in our workspace and we are seeing great changes already.

Creativity Through Collaboration
One defining characteristic of the  younger cohort is recognition of the power of collaboration, with research enforcing this. Ergonomic principles are playing a crucial role in keeping everyone engaged and attentive for extended periods, providing a break from focused work by offering a variety of environments that better support the task in hand. However, do remember that although it may need to look and feel relaxed, it is still as essential to incorporate ergonomic principles into break out furniture and even more so to our set workstations.

A Shift in Work-Life Integration
No longer confined to the concept of work-life balance, the focus is on making the work experience an integral and enjoyable part of life. By embracing these changes, companies can create environments that inspire loyalty, promote creativity, and ultimately enhance productivity, attracting new talent and retaining expertise.

For those seeking to stay at the forefront of this ergonomic revolution, consulting with ergonomics experts can provide valuable insights. Any questions, please do reach out, we are here to help!

Nichola Adams

Founder of Inspired Ergonomics

Nichola Adams, MSc Health Ergonomics, Tech CIEHF, ACPOHE Reg Member, is the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics.

Nichola is a specialist in back pain disorders in the workplace. Inspired Ergonomics regularly provides consultancy services to leading UK and International companies on how to reduce and prevent back pain in the workplace as well as working with rehabilitation companies.

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