What are the modern office design concepts that can attract talented employees?| Oaktree Interiors

As the very people who create the products/services that make a business successful, being able to retain the best talents and forming them into a driven, productive and collaborative team should be of the utmost importance for any type of company.

Whilst the styles and tastes of modern office design will vary from business-to-business, the consensus is that the younger end of the workforce(as well as those who are upcoming) will need the workplace to offer a greater amount of flexibility and adaptability to help them to achieve their aims.

Here, we're going to look at a few of the concepts that comprise office design in this modern age, how a business may implement changes and how it could benefit them in the long-term.

Modern office design concepts

Productivity

Every business wants to ensure that its employees are productive and have a positive attitude to being at work. Essentially, this is down to the atmosphere and environment that is created, so the layout and design of the working areas have a massive part to play in this process.

Feeling comfortable and content at work plays a big role in the productivity of staff, so introducing ergonomic furniture, such as height-adjustable chairs and desks to help with posture, is a must. Not only will introducing such items into a modern office design reduce the possibility of staff developing physical injuries,but it will also show staff that the business cares about their wellbeing.

Also worth considering is how much natural light and fresh air is being circulated around the office. A working environment that looks and feels stale and dingy will only work to promote negativity, affecting the thoughts and feelings of staff. Good air quality can be promoted via the use of centralised air systems, as well as introducing more plants and opening more windows. If natural light is not accessible, the business should think about ways to change their lighting systems; switching from outdated fluorescent lights to LEDs will work to reduce eye strain,glare and tiredness.

Nature

The benefits of introducing more nature within the workplace will help to make employees more dedicated and motivated. Today, there are a number of intriguing ways that the outdoors can be brought indoors.

One of the fastest growing nature trends within modern office design is living walls. Adding a striking look to the interiors,such an installation will introduce more oxygen into the office, filtering stuffy atmospheres and maybe even protecting the indoor environment from being infiltrated by toxins from the outside.

Collaboration

With innovations such as the internet making communication easy, it is no real surprise to see that younger workers enjoy collaborating on their projects. An office that employs an old-fashioned 'cubicle design' will effectively be barring collaboration from taking place; getting rid of them is the first step on the path for staff to communicate better. By fostering a collaborative and more open environment, a business will be building better inter-team relationships, which will encourage staff to help and support each other, boosting productivity.

Private spaces

Of course, there are times when we all need to spend time away from a chatty, busy environment. Whether it's to reflect or refresh our thoughts, have a bite to eat or simply to work without distractions, private spaces provide a sanctuary away from the collaborative zones or the stressful desk.

Giving over a significant amount of the office for the creation of private spaces may not be necessary, as many buildings will already have separate rooms away from the main working areas that can be repurposed. If space is truly at a premium then using moveable glass partitions is a great way to create a compromise.

Adaptable spaces

Modern business demands that staff are able to work in more flexible and adaptable way than ever before; therefore it is only natural for modern office design to cater for them. Introducing furniture pieces, such as chairs, tables and benches that are multifunctional and modular, with allow staff to create spaces are designed to suit their different needs. Not just that, but it will also give them a greater autonomy on how the office looks and feels; this will create a positive response from them, creating a happy atmosphere.

Technology

No matter where we may turn, technology is around us. Whether we're at home or in the office, it dictates how we manage our daily lives. With the younger generations of worker shaving grown up in this world, they will expect (and appreciate) a workplace that caters for their technological needs; requirements that can help them to produce their best work.

Even as recently as two decades ago, the fixed desk and desktop computer were mainstays in the average office. Today, the constant improvement of internet connectivity, along with mobile tech, such as laptops and tablets, allows users the opportunity to work from different desks and in different environments (such as collaborative or private areas). Not only that, but this flexible tech gives them the opportunity to work whilst on the go, potentially offering a further boost to productivity.

Thinking about refreshing your office interiors for the future?

Creating a modern office design to suit the needs of the younger generations isn't as daunting as it seems. If you're thinking about updating your workplace interiors, moving to new ones or simply want to create a brand within the office, we at Oaktree are on hand to help.

We have worked with a wide array of businesses throughout the UK over the best part of the last three decades; helping everyone from new start-ups who need a few alterations to their building, to large firms who want to totally transform their working environment. Regardless of your (and your employees') particular fit out requirements, we have the experience and know how to create your bespoke office interiors.

To learn more about our modern office design service, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0345 21 86955.Alternatively, you can reach us by e-mail at sales@oaktreeoffice.com.

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