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What is Influencing Workplace Design Trends in 2018

Research reveals poor workplace design costs businesses significantly in lost productivity each year. More companies are realising the real impact workplace design has on productivity and a company's bottom line.

Generation Z Starts Entering the Workplace

The first years of Generation Z, those born between 1994 and 2010, will complete their education and start their careers. Gen Z has grown up with a greater access to technology than any generation before. The workplace will be an essential tool to attract and retain this generation.

Millennials Will Make Up the Largest Generation Within the Workplace

As more Baby Boomers retire, Millennials, those born between the early 1980s and the mid-2000s, will become the largest generation. This will have a major impact on the workplace as the number of Millennials taking managerial positions increases significantly over the next few years.

Increasing Competition for Talent

An increasing skills shortage and a workforce who are more willing to seek new opportunities will take competition up a level. We can expect organisations to use their workspaces as one way to attract and retain employees.

New Technology Advances

Technology trends, such as the growth of wearables and the development of tablets as useful work tools, will continue to influence design. The ability for tablets to replace laptops is allowing employees to become increasingly mobile.

Maturity of Office Design

While start-ups were emerging at an unprecedented speed, everyone was looking to make their offices appeal to younger talent. Foosball tables, slides and beer taps were common features. Even traditional industries were influenced by this shift.

Now however many of those tech companies are maturing as the people running them and working there develop and change. They're realising it's not just about creating a "cool" space but about representing your brand and company culture. While offices still maintain some of those youthful features, the style of the spaces is more sophisticated and professional while overall design is more considered than before.

Future-Proof Workplace Design

As the workspace is the second highest expense for most businesses, utilising the available space is essential. Companies want the room to grow and expand but don't want to pay for space that goes unused. Consequently, adaptable furniture will become a popular choice for many offices.

With continuous changes in technology and expected shifts in working culture, many organisations are creating workspaces with flexibility built in. It is increasingly difficult for companies to predict which job functions there will be in the next few years. Many essential positions now didn't exist five years ago, and companies can't accurately predict what new staff they will need.

A lot of businesses are uncertain about their ability to keep up with technological advances. Thus, companies need spaces and furniture that can adapt to new equipment. With a more flexible workspace and adaptable furniture, new technologies can be integrated with ease.

When the technology people are using changes, the furniture and technology support shouldn't have to. For example, the monitor arm can cater for a vast range of screen sizes. Therefore, as monitors get lighter or companies adopt larger screens, the arm can accommodate the changes.

Designing for Well-Being

Well-being will continue to thrive this year. Wellness programmes that offer employees health and fitness facilities have been around for some time. However, workplaces that integrate well-being into their design aren't easy to find. From sit-stand desks to the placement and design of staircases, more architects and designers will use such methods to encourage movement throughout the day.

Biophilic Design

The well-being trend has been partly responsible for the rise of biophilic design (the natural world). Most of the studies on biophilic design focus on the effect it has on productivity rather than well-being. Research has shown the positive effect features such as plant, natural light, and views of nature have on employees.

The aim of workplace design is to improve the work environment to create a place where employees can work more productively and collaborate with ease. Talk to Empire Office Furniture to assist with designing and fitting out your workspace.

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