Innovative Collisions /August 27, 2018 Why does the younger generation prefer to work "un-isolated"? Or do they? One reason could be that they desire innovative collisions. Working in a cubicle, heads down, is a cocoon of sorts, which can be good for concentration. But- imagine a team of people, sharing their knowledge in an open space, writing on whiteboards, GoToMeeting on the screen with three others in different areas of the country giving input to the group. Windows to the outdoors, beautiful scenic views or views to the cityscape, acoustic help from brightly colored baffles hanging from the deck. This can be accomplished in a small office or a large Google-esque environment. When this generation needs to concentrate they sometimes put on their headphones or go to a shared office that is theirs alone for a part of the day. Seldom do they have the luxury of a private office 24/7. The challenge is where do they store their “stuff”? Lap top, backpack, workout clothes, snacks, etc. They usually despise paper and the need to file anything so that eliminates the need for rows and rows of filing cabinets. As long as there's a spot for their coffee or tea (hot or iced)! Then again there are those that need a permanent space….whether it be a private office or a tall- walled cubicle. The need to close a door. The need for isolation. But the truth is, in this day and age, real estate per square foot is so costly that the return on investment is very difficult to measure. However, for your staff to be measured as an asset, or ROI, is almost an insult. The best way to get your company on the right track for both types of individual is to analyze your current work flow and what the better work flow looks like. Resource One and agile Resource can help!