Now that it is a brand new year it’s a good time to think about what’s around the corner at your office, is it designed as a workspace that encourages efficiency and productivity? Does it make the most of all the available and necessary modern technology? Do workers have flexibility in what they do and where they can work? Or are they effectively tied to one workstation? The fact is that the needs of the modern office have been changing rapidly in the last 20 years, along with the technologies and attitudes that shape it. As more and more millenials enter the workforce – with their natural technological mastery – multi-device and multi-platform workers are now considered the norm. How has this affected office design trends?
1. Adapting to a Mobile Generation
With the fast growth of wireless technologies, moving workstations around at the office is easy now. Workers are no longer restricted to one workstation and desk, and many employers choose to create dynamic workspaces where workers can choose from sitting or standing desks, specialist collaboration areas, acoustically-soundproofed quiet zones, or even relaxation areas. Wireless technology allows workers to connect to the systems they need easily from any of these locations. Giving them the option to choose the workspace that best suits the task at hand increases productivity and gives workers more agency and workplace satisfaction.
2. Organised Cables Equals an Organised Office
With so much wireless technology you would be forgiven for thinking there are fewer wires in the office these days, but that’s not the case. Almost all technology still requires some form of wiring, and housing and organising these leads to a less cluttered and more pleasant workspace and boosted efficiency, not to mention reducing tripping hazards!
3. Enhanced Collaboration is a sure-fire productivity boost
Whether it is a ’round table’ type collaboration area for face-to-face and in-house meetings, or a fully wired-in and acoustically-insulated online or phone meeting area, investing in collaboration spaces makes for easier communication between your employees and your clients. Traditional offices would have board and meeting rooms, but employees otherwise would be largely walled-off from each other. Not only are offices designed to be far more open plan these days but collaboration areas are more informal, out in the open, social and egalitarian; fostering creative collaboration rather than dull groupthink.
4. Quiet relaxation to boost employee performance
The ‘old’ ways of office work would dictate that if you were not busying yourself at your desk, you were not being productive, but there is a recognition these days that doing a lot and doing a lot of good, are not necessarily the same thing. Giving employees a dedicated space for down-time, relaxation or quiet contemplation may seem like a good way to let people sleep through the work day, but focused relaxation spaces have been shown to boost productivity, and some large US offices even contain nap rooms!
5. Active relaxation to boost employee performance
Quiet relaxation is one thing but active relaxation is quite another. Imagine your office containing a gym for employees to workout during the work day, 20 years ago this would be anathema to a productive workspace. For the same reasons as quiet relaxation helps employees, so does active relaxation. A healthy body and mind will work better for you than a stressed and unfit one, and the extra social setting for employees to get to know each other can boost your team work and employee capabilities. Of course, DB Interiors can help advise you on the best options to suit your team and workspace, get stared today by getting in touch with us to discuss your needs.