The average employee spends nearly a quarter of their lives at work. 40 hours per week equals more than 2 000 hours per year, building up to a staggering estimated 90 000 hours spent at work in a lifetime.
Formerly, the focus in office design was on functionality and utilising space to full capacity. Now the spotlight is on creative, green-inspired co-habitation spaces driven by captivating experiences that encourage workplace community building. Happy employees deliver high quality work, enhancing overall company performance! Let’s have a closer look in our retail design blog.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of a successful workplace design include providing ‘knowledge workplace’ environments. These environments must be conducive to innovation and support employees’ workplace needs in transferring creative ideas to innovative products and services, which increase financial returns for the company.
Hitting the design mark is not only beneficial for financial performance but also has a positive co-relation with intangibles like improvement in health, comfort, flexibility and ease of use. Let’s take a look at the most prominent office space design trends right now.
IN THIS ARTICLE:
• Experience-driven Office Space
• Free Range Co-habitation Working Environment
• Green-inspired Design
• Technology-oriented Set-ups
EXPERIENCE-DRIVEN OFFICE SPACE
This trend is about giving your employees a direct experience that they’ll treasure. Apart from a competitive salary, office perks entice employees. Create spaces that boost their overall wellness, happiness, and morale. Allow everyone, from interns to C-Suite executives to use it, and make it a part of their everyday life. Employees stay when you offer them a stress-free environment. Millennials are also dominating the workplace, which drive companies to take a look at their office set-up in order to facilitate environments that help their Millennials employees to function to the best of their abilities.
Providing experience-driven office spaces aims to encourage community building, lifting spirits and cultivating an all-over engaging and pleasant working environment. These experiences come in many forms, from on-site massage therapy and meditation areas to game rooms and coffee bars.
1. Yoga and meditation areas
2. Walking and jogging trails
3. In-house massage and chiropractor consultation
4. Rock climbing wall
5. Bar offering free coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic drinks
6. Indoor and outdoor gaming areas
7. Virtual reality room
8. Mini theatre or audio-visual room
greater group recently designed and rolled out a new working space for Aurex Group, a team of recruitment professionals based in in Hong Kong. This space showcases contemporary design elements and caters to the company’s younger employee bracket.
When designing working spaces, greater group’s designers keep in mind both the practicality of the office layout as well as the comfort of the employees who’ll work in the space. Incorporating lounging and recreational areas can make a huge difference in the working atmosphere.
FREE RANGE CO-HABITATION WORKING ENVIRONMENT
An open plan office design is a sure-fire way to foster healthy workplace community building. Co-working spaces boomed in 2018 because of good reasons. It encourages face-to-face interaction, not email exchanges. It fosters the sharing of ideas and interactive supervision. The results? Employee performance shows an increase in productivity.
Open plan designs work best when featuring a variety of spaces that give employees the freedom to move around throughout the day to carry out different tasks. This includes quiet focus areas, soundproofed meeting rooms and separate board rooms.
Flexibility is key. To enable employees to work from anywhere in the office, provision has to be made for plenty of desk space, ergonomic seating, lightweight furniture and technology-opportune, multi-use meeting areas.
Design-wise, you’ll see a lot of glass, light-weight room dividers and decorative pieces that functionally double as zone-segregators like plants, coffee-stations and lounge seating areas.
At its core, biophilic design draws architectural inspiration from nature to bring the outdoors indoors. Designers utilise live plants, earthy textures and colours, natural lighting and ventilation. Spending time in nature can assist in increasing focus, creative thinking and problem solving – overall boosting morale.
When you can’t actually set up office in the park outside your building, the next best thing is bringing that park inside. Visual connections with nature – natural patterns and textures, maximum natural lighting, and green landscaping through indoor plants, flowers and living green walls – are guaranteed to lift spirits in the office.
greater group’s design team decked Aurex’s offices out with touches of natural elements like potted plants and wooden floors.
This green trend has become a fundamental element of modern workspace design. Adding to the aesthetic appeal of the design as a whole, bringing nature into the office has a mystical and uplifting effect on employees. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office that looks like Pinterest came to life?
TECHNOLOGY-ORIENTED SET-UPS OF OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS
The modern worker asks for the WiFi-password before they ask for directions to the bathroom. Modern working spaces run on technology, so fitting it out to accommodate strong digital environments is indispensable.
When designing office spaces, technological convenience is one of the most important factors to keep in mind. Designing the space to accommodate portable, remote work (e.g. flexible desk space, power outlets installed all over the office etc.) will help employees to work more efficiently.
Other technological components to consider is video conferencing equipment, interactive screens, wireless charging stations, smartboards and data ports.