Nowadays, office spaces have found the perfect middle ground between open plan concepts and isolated booths. Flexible working allows workers to use a space that best suits their workstyle. So what can we expect for the continuing evolution of the workplace?
First, office design will continue to transform to, not only appeal to collaborative environments, but to also ensure introverts’ needs are met. Both quiet spaces and integrating a sense of community will remain a priority for the future of workplaces.
Incorporating customizable spaces can also help users feel more comfortable with their environment.
Adding a sense of community and nature into office design will also become more prioritized. Allowing employees to have outdoor views, natural lighting, and biophilic elements will allow workers to have a better grasp of their surroundings.
Such office designs can also help boost the health and wellbeing of workers. Including biophilic elements and sourcing sustainable materials for furnishings can help improve employees’ health and in turn increase their productivity.
Tracking data is also expected to become more of the norm as it helps offices cater to the specific needs of its workers.
“An office will track my location and adjust preferences to suit me,” said Andy Heath, design director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at WeWork. “After lunch, the temperature where I am sat might drop by a degree and the blinds may go up slightly to wake me up, creating my optimum work environment.”