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Companies are trying to stay with the times

Companies and landlords are redesigning and renovating their offices to adapt to the evolving workplace environment.

Clients want their workspace to reflect their company to stand out to prospective customers and enforce their company’s culture.

Some companies have done away with front-desk receptionists in favor of software that can direct guests. For example, Studio BV founder Betsy Vohs says the firm helped design an office for Digi International where clients can use a digital kiosk in the lobby.

Adaptable space has become a big priority for many companies as less space is being used by individual workers. Movable walls, rearranging furniture and changes to partitions are becoming more accessible in office spaces.

Although the open office concept is growing in popularity, some workspaces are attempting to incorporate private, soundproofed areas to provide a sense of privacy for workers.

While many of these changes have been made with the Millennial workforce in mind, designers are already looking towards adapting their spaces to accommodate Gen Z, a very tech-integrated generation.

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Wellness is also being emphasized in the workplace as companies have started prioritizing the health and wellbeing of their employees. For example, having a WELL certification shows improvement in air, water, light, fitness, and other areas within a building.

Companies are also finding new ways to keep their employees engaged in design decision. For example, Prime Therapeutics in Eagan had consultants study the company’s previous offices and observe how employees worked. The data showed that desks were empty about 60% of the week, with people opting for shared spaces.

Amenities are also a big draw for potential talent in the workplace. Community spaces that have gyms, lounges and game rooms allow companies to stand out when attracting and retaining employment.

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