POINT OF VIEW: 2018 Workplace Design Trends
Understanding the implications of trends is important, especially when it comes to workplace design. Today’s employees increasingly seek a work environment that supports a productive and healthy lifestyle, and companies must respond in order to attract and retain talent. 2018 design trends we are tracking that will be shaping the way we work in the years to come:
Flexible work areas are critical to the success of the modern office. Reducing limitations allows for a workplace to evolve with a company’s daily demands and with its evolving needs. A dynamic workspace can include furnishings that are easily rearranged, places designed for laptop use, or convertible spaces that transition from open breakout spaces to quiet meeting rooms. Planning for a balance between collaboration and privacy is critical to productivity.
As people spend more and more time at work, bringing the comforts of home to the office becomes more important to employee satisfaction. “Resimercial”—the combination of residential and commercial design—provides for a warmer, more welcoming environment. Home-like amenities such as a functional kitchen, and residentially inspired furniture and finishes provide both comfort and functionality.
A great way to facilitate office culture is to create a branded workplace. Conveying a company’s values and history through the color palette, furnishings, and imagery sets a tone inside the office that helps to inspire employees and nurture a feeling of community.
Advancing technology continues to change the way we work, enabling employees to work smarter and faster. The future-focused workplace integrates technology in ways that are human-centric. Integration that supports communication and productivity includes wireless charging ports, video conferencing capabilities, and screens for formal and informal meetings.
Biophilic design brings the outdoors in. If nature is not readily accessible, incorporating nature inspired patterns, forms, imagery, and bringing live plants and natural light into the space help to create a calm environment for employees that simultaneously contributes to productivity and happiness.
Especially popular among the growing millennial workforce, innovative spaces in the office provide a non-traditional approach to workplace well-being. Casual and upbeat meeting spaces that spur creativity and collaboration can include casual seating or even a complete game room. Also, quiet spaces such as a meditation or sleeping room are important to allow employees to recharge.
Incorporating these trends into your workplace design is a great way to recruit and retain employees, and will have long-term benefits for your company. It’s a win-win for everyone.