Today’s workforce spends on average 8-10 hours or more inside the workplace. This makes office interior design and functionality even more important, especially if management and business owners want happier, healthier employees. Comfort and convenience are essential, but these factors are often not the primary concerns of many business owners as they are more concerned with costs and making the most out of the available space. Keeping a good balance between cost savings and the latest design cues is important and one of the best ways to increase productivity. Let’s take a look at some of the latest design cues that we will see in 2018.
Here are office design trends that will dominate in 2018:
Intelligent lockers: Intelligent lockers are integrated within the office’s digital infrastructure. Employees will be notified when documents or specific items have been placed inside their lockers. If the system is managed properly, employees can track what items that are currently inside the locker.
Device-charging lockers: During meetings and in a busy work environment, it is often considered inappropriate to use smartphones. Employees can keep their mobile devices in their lockers where they will be safe and secure. Electrical receptacles inside these lockers will enable employees to charge their laptops, tablets and smartphones, while they have lunch or attend a meeting.
Adaptable workplace: The business world is changing and new trends may significantly impact the industry. The workspace should be highly adaptable and efficient and it should keep up with the latest technological advances. Any new features or technology can be incorporated quickly in a modern, adaptable workplace.
Innovation and creativity areas: Standard workplace areas don’t often support creative-based activities. A specific area in the office should be designed to promote innovation and creativity. In this place, it should be easy for employees to find new ideas and solutions to work-related problems. Some offices even have a special meditation room where employees can calm themselves during a hectic, busy day.
Collaborative spaces: It is a common fact that results can be obtained easily when people collaborate. Millennial employees are known for their tendency to move away from the desk. They prefer to have less formal meetings and brainstorming sessions. In this case, the office design should fully support the culture of collaboration. The floor plan and furniture layout should be optimised to allow multiple people in a team to work on a single goal.
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