The modern workplace is swiftly making the office of yesteryear a relic of the past. Tired, fluorescent-lit cubicle spaces are disappearing, evolving into areas that weave together elements of home, play, relaxation, and engagement.
More and more businesses realize that to retain bright talent of our era, a reformatted, modern work environment that encourages creativity and enjoyable space to operate in is the new norm. And a well-designed area dotted with soft furniture aren’t the only ingredients to consider – things like access to coffee, nooks to unwind, or even places to take a break for a game of pool are what the new generation is seeking in a satisfactory workspace.
With these contemporary principles in mind, let’s give a gander to shifting trends for office design in 2018/2019.
Collaborative spaces aren’t solely set aside for important meetings anymore. Strategically-located open areas in the heart of an office equipped with comfortable seating, strong WIFI, whiteboards, and screens with sharing abilities make for dual-purpose arenas that allow for a melding of minds.
Encouraging co-workers to come together to engage in open-air meetings promotes a more visible, tied-together atmosphere within a company, fostering a connected team. And even more on the forefront of reinvention of open spaces are open-door official meeting rooms. Instead of management teams behind a glass curtain, they’re visible for any eyes to see.
A bold standout on the new-era employee checklist is a comfortable place to unwind during breaks. And we’re not talking dimly-lit backrooms with a mini-fridge and broken chair. On the rise are places where employees can eat, meditate, take a yoga class, sink into a beanbag chair, or rest their eyes in a hammock for a quick reboot.
Our biology commands that we love nature. And biophilic office designs that advocate for bringing the outdoors in are becoming increasingly popular in workplaces, dismantling the sterile elements of white walls and grey carpets.
Natural finishes are seen often in up-to-date offices, and walls heavy with greenery and succulents are livening up workspaces. Unusual combinations of wood, metals, textiles, and stones add natural features that fulfill our needs of unlocking the calming aspects of nature while working indoors.
In the modern office, transparency is in; partitions are out. Big walls used to separate rooms are getting torn down and tossed out, promoting a more collaborative workspace and a transparent culture.
Even so, this breaking-down-the-door concept can actually give employees added privacy by adding choice and adaptability for each employee to work where they want and move about to different areas.
With each company, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula to office updates. Each workspace is unique and should be constructed with the job and specific needs of employees in mind. But as workplaces grow, these open-space, comfortable, collaborative areas are multiplying, and the future holds more sociable workplaces filled with comforts of home.