It’s impossible to always stay on top of the latest office design trends, particularly if you’re a business owner. Life is too hectic and there is always something that needs to be done. But if you’re spending the majority of your time toiling away in your office then you need ensure your office space is as productive and inspiring as possible for both yours and your employees sanity as well as your business’s bottom line.
If you’ve noticed your employee’s work has become a little lacklustre and maybe they aren’t as bright and bubbly as they once were, then they might be suffering from a lack of inspiration. Likewise if you, yourself are no longer bouncing into the office in the mornings but rather dragging your feet at home before you leave, it might just be time to look into a revamp and if that’s not the case, then it’s still fun looking at other offices for inspiration.
So here’s a look at some of the latest trends in office designs:
We’ve touched on this before with our blog about open vs. closed office layouts but it’s such a big one that we’ll mention it again. Depending on your industry, collaborative work environments may be essential to your employees. If there was nothing to be gained from collaboration then we may as well all just work from home but for some reason we don’t and why is that you wonder? It’s because we need to bounce ideas and thoughts off of our esteemed colleagues. Two is better than one, so if you don’t have an office layout that is conducive to collaborative working then you may want to consider creating one.
Bringing the outside in:
We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world yet we spend hours and hours a day enclosed within four walls. Why aren’t we taking better advantage of our natural surroundings? People are much more inspired when they have daily access to natural light, plant life and beautiful scenery. It’s why the concept of the ‘Corner Office’ is so popular. If you work in an office you likely aspire to wall-to-wall windows but it doesn’t have to be so far off into the future. Load up the office with bright green plants, open the blinds, change the layout to make the desks face the windows or give more access to natural light by installing a skylight or French doors. There are solutions other than just moving your desks outside. Though that’s not a bad idea, some offices even conduct meetings outdoors when weather permits. Either way, a better indoor/outdoor flow within the office is one of the latest trends we are seeing.
Stepping away from traditional:
With the increased amount of hours employees work (particularly if you’re in a start up) it’s important to adjust your office setting accordingly. If your employees are regularly working overtime it may be important to consider providing them with less traditional activity spaces within the office. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a pool table or foosball table within an office setting. Typically, a less traditional office goes hand in hand with an innovative company, just look at Google for a great example.
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