Office Design Of The Future
It seems we are always looking ahead to the next design trends in office design– and for good reason. The workplace is constantly changing. Different needs arise and research sheds light on controversial topics. Plus, we are always striving for an improvement in the quality of life during those 40+ hours a week you spend at work.
Resi-mercial is a new term used to describe the shift in office furniture towards a more “home-y” feel. It’s a blend of residential and commercial, as the name implies. We’ve seen an increase in the amount of crossover furniture design over the past few years, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Employees are more productive when they are comfortable in their own space, one of the major reasons for remote working. By making the office feel less sterile and more like home, employers may be able to attract those folks back to the office. If working from home isn’t an option, a home-like environment is certainly the next best choice.
Instead of having an assigned desk, many companies are leaning towards more freedom in work area choices. This means office design is including some private areas, some small meeting places, large conference rooms, and lounge-type spaces. Depending on the type of work you need to do, you move to the place that suits you best. A hybrid office layout allows the most flexibility for employees and will serve you for many, many years to come.
Ultimately, it’s all about balance. Despite the uncertainty of the future, there are some key things that seem to be sticking around. Employees want to feel valued, which means considering their individual needs at work. Family time is a high priority for most and good office design should encourage work-life balance. These are the fundamental needs from which the future office will draw from, however different from the execution.