Offices these days are nearly unrecognisable compared with the workplaces we were used to ten years ago. It is more important than ever for a business to offer an attractive and well-designed work environment for both its employees and clients.
An innovative and enjoyable workplace can increase productivity and employee satisfaction, and ultimately have a really positive impact on the performance of a business.
In 2019, we are seeing an increase in the way previously dead spaces are now creatively utilised within an office and a rise in more unconventional office spaces. It is set to be an exciting year for office design, with a range of new and upcoming trends emerging across various business sectors. Our experts have shared their top 7 office design trends for 2019:
More and more employers are starting to turn their focus to the wellbeing of their employers. Companies are beginning to realise the potential behind genuinely investing in their people, and how a workplace that promotes wellbeing can be a big way of attracting new talent.
Offices that incorporate various wellness benefits to your team are increasing in popularity, and include features such as meditation areas, fitness studios or electric sit-stand desks.
When workers spend hours and hours inside the same building all day every day, it can be very unmotivating and leave them longing for some fresh air and the chance to get outside. 2019 is seeing a rise in businesses bringing a bit of the great outdoors into their workplace, by incorporating plants and greenery into the design of the space.
Living walls, interior trees and as much natural lighting as possible are all popular ways or bringing nature into the office.
Workplaces not only need to be nice places to be for your employees, but they also need to be practical for your business. Having a mass of filing cabinets will look untidy and also doesn’t always offer the best solution for storage space.
These days, businesses are using their office space more wisely, by incorporating bespoke and specialist storage solutions that fit perfectly to the building and business needs. You can create in-built cabinets and storage units that can be cleverly hidden away to offer a minimal and tidy office with plenty of storage space when you need it.
Office design has recently shifted its focus from a practical space from a work point of view to a more staff-centric ideology. More and more office designs are including some form of workplace experience, in a bid to keep staff happy, feeling valued and working productively.
Workplace experiences could range from a dedicated bike storage area to make it easy for employees to cycle in, to mini-games such as ping pong or table football to give staff some fun activities for their downtime.
Today’s technology has made it easier than ever for employees to work from anywhere. With the majority now having laptops, mobiles and cloud technologies to allow them to work wherever they please. This flexibility has seen an increase in offices with a completely different space prioritisation to what we have seen before.
Future workspaces will likely include designated zones for remote working, as well as various team areas for collaboration between workers. All equipped with the technology they need to allow employees to work anywhere they want within the office environment, without the constraints of staying at one desk all day long.
The trend of recent times is for businesses to do everything they can to become more friendly to the environment and operate more sustainably. Workspaces are set to follow this trend, by utilising more natural materials and environmental elements within their design.
Recycled materials and upcycled office furniture are one way that office designers are becoming more environmentally friendly, while also adding a unique touch to the space.
With the recent rise of workplace experiences and more open and collaborative office spaces, some employees may have a demand for quieter areas where they can truly concentrate on the work at hand. In response to this, office designers are beginning to incorporate a dedicated concentration space so that workers have somewhere to go to get on with their work without distractions.
Incorporating both open, collaborative environments and separate quiet areas will give employees the best of both worlds, and the freedom to work in an office space that works for them.