The Multigenerational Workplace (3of3)
One of the consequences of automation will be the need to retrain (often concentrated) groups of older workers displaced in the workforce. If these workers are to avoid to precarity of the gig-economy, they must be reintegrated into more stable employment. Although this seems more a role for governments and policy, ideas such as ‘reverse mentoring’—where younger workers share skills with older, more senior colleagues (even perhaps the CEO)—are also taking hold within firms. Similar to the intergeneration ‘co-living’ (or ‘cohousing’) model initially experimented with in parts of Scandinavia, some farsighted companies are already embracing the complementary potential of multigenerational support within the workplace.
Aside from cohousing, another intergenerational living model is the student dormitory/senior housing, where students and seniors live under one roof—such as the Residential and Care Centre Humanitas in Deventer, Netherlands, where students receive subsidized housing in exchange for being ‘good neighbours’. Screenshot from INDEX award nomination video, 2017
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