The modern workspace is almost unrecognisable to what it was just a decade ago. Just as trends change in home decor and within the clothing industry, so does office design. The days of maximum head count are over, today we are looking at the ‘workplace experience’. We are not just becoming more conscious of sustainability, it is now the norm to incorporate sustainable furniture which will connect areas creating a flow rather than acting as stand alone items.
We are also far more aware of the importance of the wellbeing of workers which is also reflected in how designers are creating spaces for the modern office. Specific attention will be paid to enhanced lighting, which can have an enormous positive impact on mental health when designed correctly. Areas will be designated by contrasting designs so that break time for example will feel like genuine time away from the work station; a place to socialise and relax. Areas for fitness, where possible will be incorporated into indoor and outdoor spaces. We are also delighted to see bringing nature indoors with living walls will also increase in popularity.
The main theme we are working to is that well designed, thoughtful and sustainable office space retains staff for the simple reason that they enjoy being in their place of work which ultimately increases productivity. It’s actually a very simple concept which can be adopted in different measures by small and large businesses alike.