Key Office Trends in 2019

by Chanel Clark | 09-04-2019

 

We spoke to our friends at Modern Office to find out what some of the key trends we can expect to see in office design throughout 2019. Here is what they had to say.

As a new wave of millennials begin to enter the workplace, they are influencing the entire workforce’s attitudes towards flexibility, mobility, sustainability and change. A shift towards Activity Based Working (ABW) means that employees are encouraged to decide how, when and where they work. In an office that means they have a choice of work settings on offer, each designed for a different task or working style. For example, collaboration zones, workstations, focus zones and booths are some of the specific areas you might find in an open plan office. These areas are facilitated by enhancing and enabling the technology in that space.

Designers have come to understand the workplace better than ever before, and as we know, the workplace now plays an integral role in the success of any business. Looking ahead in 2019, we are beginning to see designers and owners of businesses wanting to maximise and make the most of limited space, use the latest technologies, combat the open plan office so that it suits all working styles, and find unique ways to keep their employees happy and motivated.

A ‘Social and Digital’ Office

Since our technology is now essentially wireless, designers have more creative freedom to consider how each piece could accommodate technology. By incorporating features such as charging ports, cable management and app adjustable electronics, these will enhance efficiency and productivity and allow employees to be less tied to their desk, and rather encourage them to be social, digital, progressive and innovative in the workplace.

Incorporation of colour

The use of colour in the workplace is an increasingly popular trend. It is a way to bring positivity and vibrancy to your office and also helps employees to be more creative and productive. You can incorporate colour in many ways in your office, through furniture, desk screens and artwork, or more adventurously on walls and carpets. Many successful businesses have begun to incorporate brand colours to portray their image or identity, and also by using colour schemes as a way of navigating your way around a building. 

Managing the acoustics in open-plan offices

To combat the excess noise and concentration challenges people have there are a number of modifications an open-plan office can make, such as more conference rooms, dedicated collaboration areas for employees to find privacy or host meetings, and furniture that allows people to have barriers such as pods and phone booths. This can be a costly solution, so a more cost-effective way may be incorporating simple acoustic panels and screens, which absorb sound waves to reduce noise, clarify speech and limit reverberation in walls.

Experience-driven workplaces

As the world of office design continues to change we have undoubtedly noticed the shift from a traditional office layout to a more eccentric workplace ‘experience’. This shift stems from the desire to build a workplace where employees feel motivated, happy and valued. It has become apparent that by incorporating functional and modern amenities such as cafes, pool tables, and plenty of interesting furniture and breakout spaces, employers will continue to attract and keep good staff who will thrive in that environment. By creating an ‘experience’ for staff when they come to work, you can then boost office morale, employee health and wellness, all while facilitating a creative work environment.

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We spoke to our friends at Modern Office to find out what some of the key trends we can expect to see in office design throughout 2019. Here is what they had to say. We spoke to our friends at Modern Office to find out what some of the key trends we can expect to see in office design throughout 2019. Here is what they had to say.

 

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