A brand new year is upon us! For many, this signals a new start or a fresh way of doing things. If you’re looking to boost office productivity, employee wellbeing and the impression you give to clients, why not take inspiration from some of the office design trends predicted for 2018? Here are the three top trends we’re expecting to see in the new year – and ideas for incorporating them into your office.
WiFi is prevalent in most offices and many employees are using mobile phones instead of landlines for work calls. As a result, anywhere in an office building can be turned into a working space. So you need to ask yourself this. Are you making the best use of all available space in your office building? Spaces under stairwells? Corridors? Unused space can be turned into areas for employees to sit and work. Consider investing in bean bags, armchairs or sofas as every employee works differently. Giving choices like these could boost productivity and morale.
This trend is all about bringing the outside in. Connecting with nature has been shown to improve wellbeing, increase creativity and reduce stress levels. Such design could include increasing the number of plants in the office. For example, pot plants, potted trees and even living walls. If plants don’t appeal, using natural materials and textures throughout the office space can make a big difference. Similarly, patterns and colours that are inspired by nature can too. You could even play nature sounds through the office to add to the effect.
Collaborative working will be a big trend for 2018. Because of this offices should create spaces to allow for this to happen. Whether this is by removing set desks for individuals and creating break-out spaces with interactive whiteboards and sofas or adapting existing meeting rooms. Greater collaboration between team members is important to give employees the space they need to work together most effectively.
What office design trends do you predict for 2018?
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