Trends change and keeping up is difficult, especially when looking to design a space that has to last a while. Open plan is in, then it’s out. Dedicated workspaces make way for flexi-workspaces, just in time for the pendulum to swing the other way.
However, business solutions provider, Nashua, points out that some key trends are here to stay in future-focused offices. Here they are:
In: Hot desking
Why? To get moving.
The concept of the dedicated desk is disappearing and being replaced by a hive of hot desking. This workspace seating trend encourages movement and diminishes desktop clutter, as well as bringing bosses and team managers out of glass-windowed offices and into the general working area, amongst their teams.
Hot desking has also developed out of the need to avoid a completely sedentary work day – “sitting is the new smoking” is a phrase that’s growing in popularity. It’s further based on the belief that a large portion of desk space remains unused during the day as employees come and go, so having half the number of desks as employees is an economical move.
In: Community tables
Why? For teamwork.
Teamwork and integration continue to gain importance in office spaces. Cubicle segregation is now officially considered retro and communal tables, which are often oval-shaped or round, are favourable places to set up shop.
This kind of community-minded workspace needs easily movable tech, which highlights the importance of cloud-based services and wireless hardware.
In: Wire hiding
Why? To get clean spaces.
Tangles of wires aren’t just an eyesore, they are a potential safety hazard and they inhibit the users’ ability to move as and when they need, especially around communal tables. With nifty wire-hiding devices and through the introduction of wireless tech, most importantly phones, printers and scanners, businesses can minimise spider webs of wires around the office.
For example, setting up managed print services can begin the process of reducing the number of cords in the office and establishing a wireless workspace.
In: Living lounges
Why? For focused work.
With the rise of the mobile workspace comes the need for secluded spots that employees can use to escape the bustle of the open office. Pods, nooks and breakaway rooms have become key, preferably decked out with comfortable couches and reclining work chairs. Armed with a laptop or tablet, employees can work in seclusion and hopefully, boost productivity. This is especially important for creative workspaces.
To embrace office dynamism and have employees constantly on the move, businesses need to centralise their information management, so employees can access anything they need, from anywhere in the office – hammock, armchair or stability ball – at any time of the day. A managed document solution is a simple way for organisations to facilitate this change.
Office spaces are generally becoming spaces of alliance, not separation, which is mirrored in the movement towards dynamic office interiors and seamless processes. The result? Some seriously interesting and cool-looking offices.
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