Attitudes toward time can often be at the root of inter-generational disputes. Baby Boomers saw the advent of office and knowledge-worker jobs. With this, came the advent of the ‘9 to 5’ working schedule. Having such a schedule not only gave weekend freedom and stability, but also left workers to enjoy their evening at home. Such a job was highly sought-after, and is still often advertised in job postings.
But for Millennials, this comes across as restrictive, rather than liberating. Millennials are used to 24/7 connection to and interaction with their peers, and tend to have a desire of integrating work into their personal life. This causes great willingness to work at odd hours, and a preference to engage in smaller chunks of time, rather than a full 8-hour day at a time.
But combining these two can be difficult, and will lead to one group feeling marginalized at the expense of the others. A zero-cost solution to this is to institute ‘common hours’ in the office. These hours are a subset of the full workday, and are times during which all employees would be expected to be in the office. Additionally, all meetings would be had during this time. My suggestion would be 10am – 3pm (including an hour for work). This would allow each group to work at a time closer to their preference, while increasing productivity due to meetings being limited to a subset of the working day.