Workplace trends survey reveals generational patterns in office use

Data analysis from Mancini•Duffy indicates significant variations among age cohorts in the workplace.

July 21, 2014 |
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Mancini•Duffy, a leading architectural and interiors firm, has released preliminary findings from The Coordinate, its survey on workplace trends. The survey indicates that working hours peak during the beginning and end of the day, where employees are not only more productive, but also give their employers a bonus by extending the workday during commuting time.  

Additional findings point to patterns in work days as well as work hours.  According to Mancini•Duffy’s Director of Workplace Innovation, Fran Ferrone, “Mondays are for planning, Fridays are for cleanup, and most meetings occur mid-week. We see this as not only impacting decisions about space, but about policy and perks; potentially, in a big way.”

The differences between ways in which generations see the workday are even sharper:

  • Younger generations make exercise a priority throughout the workday.
  • Older generations place importance on face time (vs. FaceTime) more than their younger counterparts.
  • Gen X and Y value their downtime – reflecting the trend toward project-based (vs. fulltime) work.



These findings are from the first in a series of surveys being conducted by Mancini•Duffy this year to test the hypothesis of “the dissolution of the traditional workweek.” Complete results (and their implications) will be published in early 2015. 

To participate in the Coordinate survey, visit: Contact for additional information or questions about The Coordinate.

About Mancini•Duffy

Mancini•Duffy is a full service design firm specializing in architecture, planning, interior design and graphic design services.  Founded almost 100 years ago, the firm is headquartered in New York City.  Also, as a member of IPID, International Partners in Design, Mancini•Duffy serves the diverse needs of its expanding multi-national client base across the U.S. and in Great Britain, Europe, East Asia and Australia.

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