Historically, very little thought has been given to office design, how it comes together and works to meet objectives for the business. Employees needed the desk to work on, so they were given just that. People didn’t consider how colours, layouts and configurations impact employee’s productivity and creativity, and ultimately, the business’s profitability.
However, times have changed and today’s worker is mobile and a lot is put into spurring on creativity and freedom of employees which doesn’t necessarily include a big office and heavy desk. People who design modern offices put health and well-being of employees at the heart of modern office design. The right amount of natural light, calming colours, indoor plant life, sit-stand desk are just some accommodations that are used to improve employee’s creativity, productivity and well-being.
2017 has brought with it several trends in the office design world. Here is a summary:
Change in the design trends
Design trends that are only aesthetically pleasing such as bright colours, polished concrete and marble receptions that are only a fad that will be forgotten. Designers will be more focused on personalisation and creating offices to reflect the organisation, the culture and the brand. There will be no more focusing on trendy furniture but trying to implement business needs, strategies and culture of the organisation into the work-space.
No one really knows what will happen in the company in couple of years and if there will be the need for expanding the offices. So instead of buying expensive immobile furniture that will be replaced every few years, companies are starting to use modular work spaces and meeting room pads that can be quickly rearranged as soon as needed.
People are becoming mobile and they work from their homes, at coffee shops, on the train, so dedicated personal work-space will soon be forgotten. The concept of large co-working spaces with a mixture of spaces and relaxed culture that encourages collaboration and exchange of ideas are becoming adopted by big organisations.
Science meets design
Some researchers indicate that mismanagement of the workplace environment can lead to 30% deviation of employee’s performance. This means that space planning and colour selection won’t be enough in isolation in the future.
Design based on intuition and latest fashion trends will become a thing of the past and designers will embrace Evidence Based Design; Design backed by thorough environmental research. Elements reviewed include; adequacy of current workplace setup, scientific studies of the impact of colours, environment, light on productivity and creativity of the employee. These elements will become the centre of the good workplace design.
Importance of colours in the workplace has been researched many times and it was found that different colours have different impact on people. Therefore, painting different rooms with different colours can cause different reactions. For example, green walls can help people feel comfortable and make a home-like atmosphere. On the other hand, blue walls are calming, so if employees have tight deadlines this is a good choice. Orange walls are good for concentration and productivity.
Plants and natural light are also proven to improve productivity. Making workplaces more natural, rather than bright with fluorescent lights, will have a positive effect on employees with decreased stress and make them more productive. Plants will be the next big thing in the offices, since it can help improve air purity and a sense of well-being.
Importance of employee’s well-being
Attracting the best people for the job in a company will require giving them healthcare benefits but also ensuring that they are leading a healthy lifestyle. Office wellness is becoming very important and its importance in 2017 will continue to grow.
Promoting a healthy life style, on-site fitness centres, healthy snacks in vending machines, yoga classes, holding walk and talk meetings are some of the forms of Workplaces Wellness Programmes. Sit-stand desks that allow people to work sitting or standing are becoming an important part of the office furniture. These desks allow people to shift their position from sitting to standing which gives them more energy and reduces back and muscle pain.
SSP are experts in the design of office space and focus on productivity and business objectives throughout the process. With over 20 years’ experience in this field, SSP has a solution ready for you.
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