Throughout 2015 we saw a number of inspired office designs that helped to foster creativity among employees. But office design is much more than a fun space, it can also help everyone work better and boost results at all levels. With this in mind, we’re giving you a look at some of the trends 2016 will bring to offices across the country, many of which focus on design as well as how it functions.
As the focus on a healthy workplace continues to grow, more and more offices will incorporate wellness into the office design. Creating a design that encourages physical activity throughout the day is one way companies can encourage wellness in the office. This can include everything from an open concept design that doesn’t keep employees confined to cubicles or installing sit-stand workstations at each desk, so that everyone has an opportunity to interrupt the all-too-common sedentary day job.
Companies are beginning to notice that their workforce, particularly Millennials, is looking for a flexible environment. With this in mind, office designs are starting to reflect the shift from a standard 9-to-5 to a fluid workplace dynamic. Installing benching systems that support co-working and installing equipment that support mobile users are just two ways companies can use the office design to embrace flexible working.
We have written about instilling a sense of culture before, but it’s becoming more and more popular to use the office design to facilitate a sense of identity and purpose among employees. Creating a space that focuses on successes and the corporation’s vision can work to keep employees confident and feel like a part of the achievements, motivating them to continue developing new ideas.