Workplace Trends We Love in 2018
Workplace environments have changed over the years to incorporate the cubicle, the open-plan office setup, and the co-working spaces. Here is a selection of office trends we can expect this year.
- Multi-functional Layouts
Dynamic and unconventional workspaces focused on community and collaboration are still a prevalent office trend, particularly in startups, young organisations, and creative enterprises. Multi-functionality and mobility are key: the employees are encouraged to mingle and share ideas.
This type of layout is conducive to informal meetings and other activities such as meditation or yoga. It is not surprising to find lounge rooms and unusual work zones with sit-stand desks, modular furniture and benches. Employees have plenty of options thanks to well-appointed communal areas.
- Co-working Spaces
The co-working environment is here to stay. Shared or communal working space allows for greater flexibility and mobility. Besides, it is a more cost-effective option than the traditional office lease and offers benefits such as admin, cleaning, and maintenance.
The co-working space works well with millennial employees who want open and collaborative environments and for the cash-strapped startups and entrepreneurs looking for networking opportunities.
- Brand Identity Design
The classic office has gone through a makeover far from the cookie-cutter design of yesteryear. A lot more emphasis is placed on individual style and branding in the office space, through the clever use of colours, wallpapers, graphics, lighting and furniture.
The workplace is no longer just a functional space to work, but it can aid in telling a story about the company’s brand and culture. New designs are meant to reflect the company’s identity, and meeting rooms are a hotspot for this specific purpose. The goal is to create an inspiring and productive space that can make both employees and clients happy.
4. Integrated Technology
Technology is no longer an after-thought in the office. The contemporary workplace is functional, collaborative and flexible, and integrated technology has an important influence in the way workplaces are designed nowadays.
Technology enables remote and flexible working, which has a significant effect on the workplace. The result is more collaborative zones and hot desks with furniture able to integrate multimedia capabilities, built-in power connectors and chargers, and everything the modern employee needs to conduct efficient work.
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