Modern offices are unique, interesting and flexible. As opportunities present themselves, the space can be adjusted easily to embrace the benefits. Because the office environment is closely linked to employee satisfaction and motivation, it’s good for to keep abreast with office trends – to maintain an appealing workplace now and in the future.
Here are five work styles that are gaining in popularity:
- Collaboration as a work model
Mobility & flexibility
Hot desks for ‘travellers’
Think of a stereotypical start-up. They began in the back room of a house. Working in close proximity in a casual setting, momentum was strong. But that energy is soon diluted as the company moves into a bigger, corporate-style office. There’s a new trend for giving work spaces that original buzz, making them more collaborative and creative. Big, private offices are being put back on the market, as smaller and more dynamic workstations are introduced.
Furniture introduced into modern spaces have ergonomic design qualities. Chairs can be adjusted to the height and comfort of the user. Desks come in a range of forms, such as standing and portable. Employees can switch between multi-person workstations, long tables or standing up. They don’t just have one dedicated desk anymore.
Natural elements are being added into offices such as hanging plants, salvaged wood, water features, and extending workspaces outdoors. This trend is labelled biophilic design which has proved to increase productivity, emotional well-being, reduce stress, and increase learning. This style offers relief from mental and physiological fatigue.
Instead of racing down to the local café and waiting in a long line, forward-thinking companies are embracing café-style kitchens, as well as café furniture. People come together over food and this can be used to foster a stronger community among workers, management, and customers.
The rise of freelancers, contractors and remote workers has seen a boost in ‘hot desks’ – a place for these workers to come in for a couple of hours or half the day to get stuff done. They’re not just plonk their laptop down anywhere, but rather, there’s a dedicated station for these workers. Think of a co-working room setup. People come in and out as they please, without disturbing full-time staff. However, they still have access to all the relevant parts of the office that they need to use.
Integrate Office Trends With Great Furniture
While it’s great to be aware of the new office design trends, if you don’t have the right layout in place, you won’t be able to adapt to changes. Your design needs to be flexible and efficient. It all starts with having a good foundation, that is, your furniture.
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