Designing a workplace today isn't as straightforward as placing furniture in a suitable formation inside a single room. As companies are becoming increasingly complex and flexible in terms of their functions and operations, their office design must be able to reflect that.

This is why those at the front lines of workplace design are working to foresee how the evolving needs of a business can be implemented within the design of an office; creating a cohesive brand environment that embraces both innovation and company culture.

So in this blog, we're going to be taking a look at some of the evolving trends that will be a part of workplace design for 2020 and beyond.

Present (and future) office design trend

  • Increased adaptability and flexibility.

Thanks to the impact of flexible technology, employees are becoming increasingly mobile. They can be anywhere they need to be and for this reason, the design of a workplace needs to more adaptable and reactive than ever before.

Agile office design is a great place to start; rather than have a workplace that contains a singular space, it can instead have several different workspaces, suiting specific needs of different employees at all times. This versatility can be reflected within a workspace; office furniture can be reconfigured, for example, adapted and moved around according to the task and requirement at hand.

  • More home-work-life integration.

It's no secret that our home and work lives are becoming increasingly intertwined; many of us may be spending as much time 'at work' than we do at home. This is why office design is reacting to changes in how we manage our time at work, to make it feel more like home. We're not just talking about physical comfort but mental comfort too; introducing things such as social spaces, work-cafes, games rooms, quiet areas, etc, to place the mind and body in an environment more suited a person's wellbeing.

  • Added sustainable design.

With increased attention placed on the protection of the environment, the use of sustainable materials in everything from manufacturing to fashion, are becoming popular. The materials used in the design of an office are no different. Soon, we will see more synthetic, man-made materials dropped in favour of sustainable, low emission, animal-friendly fabrics, like organic cotton, recycled wood, bamboo and re-purposed plastics.

  • The use of outdoor spaces

There's a good amount of space that the office building takes up, which is scarcely mentioned; the outdoor space(s). Thanks to modern tech allowing us to move around, an increasing number of businesses are placing chairs and desks outside for their employees to work from. Not only is this al-fresco setting expanding the options that individuals can choose to work from, but being out in nature will also be much-more beneficial for their health and wellbeing.

(Weather permitting, of course!)

Those were just a number of office design trends that will appear during the next 12 months and affect workplaces for many more years to come. If you're part of a business that is seeking to modernise its office interiors, why not consider getting in touch with the experts here at Oaktree Interiors for advice on creating your ideal workplace?

Cultivate your ideal workplace design, with Oaktree Interiors

For over 30 years, the Oaktree Interiors team have been helping all manner of business types and industries with their office design, fit outs and relocations. Whether it's to attract new employees, to provide better facilities for their existing workers or to grow their services and expand their brands (or all four), our case studies stand as a testament to the bespoke work we can do.

As clients and employees alike are now judging a business based on the facilities on offer, it may soon become vital that you set that right first impression with your office interiors. Being based in South East of England, the migrating pattern of businesses and people coming to the area to work has created an extremely competitive market; modern workplace design may soon become the precondition for businesses to attract talent, as well as gain vital contracts.

If you would like to learn more about how the office of your business may benefit from a new lease of life, our office design team would be pleased to speak with you. You can give them a call on 0345 21 86955 or send an e-mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com and they'll be in touch.

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