Future Office Design Trends: Embracing The Workspaces Of Tomorrow

As today’s modern workforce continues to evolve, so too does office design. Business leaders are focussing more on what a new generation of workers want and this, combined with a global shift towards remote and flexible working, is transforming the way we think about office design.

Traditional layouts are giving way to commercial spaces which prioritise employee comfort, collaboration, wellbeing and mental health as businesses strive to design spaces which inspire creativity and innovation. 

So, what are the trends in modern commercial office space design?

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The Rise Of The Flexible Workstations

The days of uniform cubicles and fixed desks are fast disappearing, rapidly replaced with flexible workstations that cater to different work styles and employee preferences. The Pandemic plunged millions into remote working and, whilst there has been a return to the office since lockdown ended, the lingering effects from this has resulted in an evolution into a hybrid working style. 

As a result, it’s not uncommon now for offices to feature a mix of open workspaces, private offices, breakout areas and accessible kitchens so staff can move freely between workstations and relaxation. 

The Importance Of Incorporating Natural Elements

Biophilic design, the concept of bringing the outdoors inside, has been gaining momentum for many years now and continues to be an important consideration in future office space design. Not only can it create an attractive and calming work environment, but it can also reduce stress, improve mental wellbeing and promote productivity and creativity.

Expect to see even more natural lighting, greenery, living walls and office plants in the next few years as businesses embrace the benefits of naturalistic working environments.

Promoting Activity-Based Working 

Work-life balance has been a hot topic for years, but Activity-Based Working (ABV) actively promotes the concept alongside flexibility and efficiency. Rather than assigning fixed workstations to employees, bosses encourage workers to choose spaces which suit their tasks. Every metre of office space is assessed on how it can be turned into usable workspace, which can include quiet pods, collaborative hubs and areas specifically designated for relaxation and socialisation. 

The Creation of Wellbeing-Centric Spaces

The creation of wellbeing spaces takes the concept of ABV one step further by specifically creating areas for relaxation, meditation and fitness. Depending on the size of your business and staff members this could be as simple as creating a digital free area for reading and chatting or more involved such as installing gyms, fitness stations and therapy facilities.

Integrating Technology Into Design And Future Proofing Your Business

In today’s digital world, fast and reliable connectivity is essential and it’s important that that connectivity will support your business both now and in the future as technology advances. Features such as wireless charging stations, smart lighting and heating controls, and video conferencing continue to be important considerations in any office fit-out.

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