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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Age And Adaptability

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Ask The Expert, Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Interiors, Professional Development, Question Of The Week, Topics

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Published on October 21, 2013 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

This week’s question comes from the  Workplace Evolutionaries group on LinkedIn.

Does anyone have any data/studies that measure the impact of employee age on how well different groups adapt to new work environments (open offices, hoteling, activity based work)? Intuitively, I would think Gen Y would adapt better than Boomers, but I haven’t found anything to support that. The one study I found suggested there was no link between age and resistance, but there was one based on tenure.

Kate Lister
Global Workplace Analytics/Telework Research Network
San Diego, CA

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About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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