In the modern office design era, work spaces are no longer designed for single fixed uses. The business obstacles of the present-day demand agility, and today’s office spaces need to be malleable – not just for day-to-day work, but also for the future.
Your needs change as your business grows and evolves, along with the needs of your staff members. Keeping up with growth means shuffling your manpower as needed – growth demands change. As progress continues to accelerate, many modern businesses are faced with the unique challenge of not only optimising for now, but thinking ahead five, or even ten years in the future.
In this article, we aim to look at a few modern office layout solutions, which are aimed at reorganizing your floor plan to increase productivity. To find out more, read on!
Agile Office Spaces
One of the biggest reasons to invest in flexible office spaces is the ease with which it allows you to swap out technology. As newer IT solutions appear on the market, having your hands tied by your office workspace is not a position you want to be in. A versatile fit-out is a trend that continues to grow in popularity, and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down any time soon.
Modular furniture goes a long way toward this end, as giving employees control over areas of your workplace makes your space more dynamic, and boosts engagement. After all, your staff know better than anyone what they need to get the job done efficiently.
On the other hand, it’s worth identifying the activities that your staff are going to be carrying out most often. Many of these may require spaces tailored to them – such as meetings with clients. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at some modern workplace design that is focused on zoning spaces for specific use. Employing solutions like these alongside open-plan agile spaces gives your workplace the best of both worlds, and allows your staff to migrate between areas as needed, boosting overall productivity.
You may find that you need to use multipurpose spaces beyond your main office floor. Smaller areas that can be used for multiple purposes is ideal, especially if you have less floor space to work with.
This might include smaller meeting or project rooms, or smaller offices with shared tables. This might even mean less formal lounges, designed with comfort in mind. Offering break-out areas for more casual meetings with clients tends to work well for businesses that like to project a more relaxed image.
By and large, we’ve seen a trend toward smaller rooms, often called ‘huddle rooms.’ These are beginning to overtake traditional boardrooms, as they are favoured for their versatility.
A popular middle ground between smaller meeting rooms and traditional conference spaces is the option to connect rooms. Multiple spaces that can conjoined at will gives you the widest range of options possible.
Acoustic Pods and Quiet Zones
These spaces are designed for tasks that demand heightened focus. Created to mitigate the privacy and noise pollution concerns of open-planning, acoustic pods and designated quiet work zones are strategically placed to eliminate noise. This allows you to reap the benefits of open-plan collaboration, while still giving your staff control over their environment.
New Grouping Strategies
Business hierarchy has fallen out of favour within office design. The foundational idea that higher-ups work in sequestered offices has been left behind, and many modern workplaces now tend toward grouping the office into zones based on broad categories.
New grouping strategies have been shown to improve camaraderie within departments and encourage workers to feel as though spaces are shared. It also helps promote a flatter structure, making department heads more accessible to their teams.
Some designers have started referring to these organisational units as ‘neighbourhoods,’ and advocate for decorating them distinctly, using innovative lighting, or even colour-coding to give each neighbourhood a sense of individuality. This also helps new workers, or visiting clients, get a sense of where everyone is within the office.
Want to know what trends to follow?
Here at DB Interiors, we’ve been part of the office makeover business for over five decades – we’ve seen a lot of trends come and go. If you want to know exactly what you need to future proof your office and boost your productivity for years to come, get in touch with our friendly team today. We won’t steer you wrong.