Office design trends have been changing rapidly ever since researchers found that office layout and decor can affect the productivity of its workers. These changes tend to occur in waves as a handful of companies decide a certain office design breeds a positive cultural change…until a new trend emerges.
So what are the office design trends gaining traction this year & moving strong into 2018? We check in and find out it’s all about being able to relate, create & adapt.
You probably guessed that many popular changes to office life cater to what millennials want from a work environment. Generally, Millennials yearn for a sense of purpose through work. They want to know their efforts make a positive contribution, they want a built-in social structure, and they want to be able to design aspects of their working environment to jive with their specific working style.
You are likely familiar with one such “modular component” known as that stand desks, a now-common office innovation millennials have embraced for its versatility and built-in ability to combat the horrendous health implications of sitting down for an entire career.
Office design trends for 2018 will likely expand the use of modular components to include a phenomenon known as “desk hoteling.” You access the company’s hotdesk repository online, shop for a desk based on its location and amenities like proximity to windows, bathrooms or common areas, and then reserve it for a specific block of time. This can help prevent the dreaded fate of spending a career working from the same desk surrounded by the same stale surroundings.
Deliberately designed surroundings:
We know Millennials favor less-conventional workspaces with flexible furniture, fewer cubicles, more spaces for collaboration and more amenities that inspire and energize. In a LinkedIn survey, 77% of responders claimed that art makes them feel happier, 74% said it inspired them and 27% indicated pleasing décor improved their productivity.
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