Preparing for the future is one component of office design which many companies focus on heavily, creating long term plans for their development. However with many remarkable innovations already changing our lives, in many respects the future has already arrived.
Young, vibrant and successful companies are taking advantage of the very best in office design and refurbishment techniques which have been proven to increase company-wide efficiency, employee happiness and contribute to the establishment of a distinct identity for your company.
By looking at modern companies who have made incredible atmospheres out of their offices, in place of the dull environments of their predecessors, it is increasingly easy to notice developing trends which have many design companies struggling to update their opinions on office design to keep up with the younger workers desires.
As proven even so far back as the Manhattan Project collaborative working spaces and office-wide transparency are key components in creating an increasingly efficient working environment within which your employees can relax and truly work at their best.
By replacing constricting office walls with glass alternatives, or none at all, you can create a light and airy atmosphere which can encourage a sense of openness, and allow your employees to see how hard their peers are working in relation to themselves. This opening up of the office space also translates to increased inter-departmental trust and engagement.
It is a commonly-held prediction that the culture of the office environment is likely to change over the course of the next few years, as innovative office design moves closer to the identity of the business and interacts on a much deeper level with the brand itself.
Office design is more likely to make the most of a brand's identity by integrating it into the work space itself, including the colour scheme of the brand being used for walls or, if the brand's colours are bright and aggressive, for furniture or highlights around the office to break up the calming, neutral tones which contemporary offices make the most of.
The idea of improving a work space's hospitality for both the employees themselves and visitors to the office is a particularly important one. More and more offices are creating respite areas, which are more likely to be associated with cafes or canteens then work spaces, but are areas where the employee can continue their work in relative comfort and a completely relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Those businesses who refuse to adapt their workspaces in favour of more contemporary office design features are likely to watch their efficiency continue to falter whilst their competitors' increases. More modern offices are needed to attract and retain young professionals, who react negatively to the constricting atmosphere of the offices their parents were forced to work in.
Future-proofing your office means targeting your work space at younger people, at millennials and preparing for 'Generation Y' to effectively enter the workforce. By integrating your office space with your brand, your business identity and supplying relaxing spaces amongst the open-plan design, you can be sure that your office design will stand the test of time.
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