Employee retention is crucial for today’s businesses. One component of a
solid “employer/employee relationship” is a pleasant office environment.
Let’s face it, the workforce has different expectations than it did before.
Companies must revolutionize their approach to the work environment if
they are to thrive.
Going to the office isn’t simply about working from a cubicle anymore.
Modern office design is all about unique workspaces — workspaces that
will appeal to a broad range of employees.
Companies need to offer flexible working environments. Prioritize
technology. Keep up with the mobile revolution. Shift their perspective to
attract the best talent.
Because change is inevitable. It’s happening right now. Let’s take a look at
today’s trends in the workplace.
Trend 1 - Activity Zones
Activity based working
Last year we saw more companies switching to
activity based working in a bid to boost productivity.
Activity based working is where staff aren’t assigned
a desk or workstation, but provided with a choice of
These zones allow employees to undertake specific
tasks, whether it be creative thinking or making a
private phone call.
Sound proof booths for phone calls
and video chats
Industrial workplace design is continuing to grow in
popularity due to its edgy and urban aesthetic
qualities. Key elements of the industrial look include
brick walls, pendant lights, graffitti signage and
Trend 4 - Breaking Down the Walls
Removing walls to adopt an open plan layout
Walls can be a real inconvenience when it comes to
That is why more companies are removing walls to
adopt an open plan layout.
To maintain a departmental feel, consider using
screens, glass partitions, storage solutions and/or
furniture as dividers.
Trend 5 - Meeting Pods
Perfect for private conversations
If your office is lacking in meeting rooms, pods
offer a practical alternative.
In addition to taking up little space, some even
have sound blocking capabilities - perfect for
Trend 6 - Eco-Awareness
Natural elements being brought into the office
Last year we saw the rise of biophilic interior design,
where natural elements are brought into the office.
This year, expect to see more business embracing
the idea of a green office.
To really instill an eco-friendly ethos consider
introducing energy saving LED lights, water saving
dual flush toilets and used furniture.
Biophilic workplace design with a
‘living wall’ of foliage
Trend 7 - More Pantone Colors
Offices have been getting more colorful.
This year, Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet
due to the fact that it communicates “originality,
ingenuity, and visionary thinking.”
This color would be perfect for a company with
creativity at its core.
If UV is not for you, however, consider using your
company brand colors combined with a neutral shade
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