Current a buzzing office environment with ever changing technology requirements, a well-designed workspace should be easily adaptable to the task at hand. Creating workspaces that can suit changing requirements easily is an essential requirement for design for a modern office in 2017. Smart choices in office furniture and design with flexibility in mind will see your office work easily along efficiently into the future.
Future-Proof Office Furniture
Of course, part of designing flexible layouts is the need for furniture options that can also adapt to new and changing work demands. Modular soft seating, bench desking, office pods, collaborative tables, breakout furniture and acoustic elements – are examples of clever furniture choices to support a well designed, high functioning and adaptable place.
Power and data is another big consideration when future proofing. Cable management tray is a simple installation method for power and data that saves time, increases safety and allows rewiring so you can adapt to changes easily in the future. Flip top or pop-up sockets with leads are simple to add connections allowing for expansion or reconfiguration at minimal cost.
Working offices with integrated technology is a rising design trend. We can expect to see more and more wireless charging of devices in common places.
Office furniture with built in power adapters and multimedia capabilities will be seen in well designed and flexible work environments.
Design for Productive Well-being
Productive well-being is an aspect of workplace design that has been embraced by architects and designers more recently. With the health and well-being of employees being central to design, we see a positive impact on health, happiness, and productivity in the workplace. With this comes less staff turnover and decreased employee costs overall. Things like sit-stand desks, areas for both collaboration and privacy, comfort, airflow, lighting, indoor plant life, accommodating healthy lifestyle options like starting later in the day, or gym memberships – all increase the productive well-being of your staff.
Bringing the outdoors inside is an office design trend that won’t be going anywhere fast, and one that coincides with productive well-being. With office workers spending around eight hours a day inside, we can see the benefits of bringing more natural elements into the workplace. Living Walls create an element of nature that also helps with air purity, and lunch, if you incorporate plants for harvest such as lettuces and tomatoes.