The office space we work in has a huge impact on both our own productivity as well as the potential future business connections. For years architects have been trying to create the ideal office space, one that can significantly improve the overalls business success.
Such a space design need to incorporate the needs of the workers, promote brand visibility and make potential clients feel welcome and comfortable when coming in for meetings. All these things have been taken into consideration for office design trends that we are about to see in 2018.
A new twist on the green wall
Having plants in the office can be quite beneficial for overall work productivity. They are known to reduce stress levels and negative feelings from 30 to as much as 60%. In the past we have seen the trend of creating entire green walls, covering large surfaces just in order to implement greenery into the office space. However this type of design does not work quite as well for small office spaces, that is why designers came up with the ‘green without the wall’ design which incorporates elements of a green wall by having pots hanging off the walls in the office space, but it doesn’t overwhelm it with the entire surface being covered by it.
Increasing workstation productivity is key for a successful business growth. If your employee can stay focused and productive for longer periods of time it will definitely have a significant overall positive effect on your business productivity. In 2018, the focus will be on freedom. Different office design options will be present in one office space, and there will be no fixed, predetermined workstations, rather the employees will get to choose in which part of the office they want to work on that day. Still, workers need to have undisturbed access to such daily supplies like pens, quality planner & diary refills as well as post-its. So each workstation needs to be fully equipped so as to support productivity.
Increased brand presence
Quality branding is everything, and it is not just limited to the digital world and billboards. Your office space design needs to be a reflection of your brand. This aspect of office design has been under-utilised for years, and in fact it could be one of the biggest tools your company might have for attracting customers. In 2018, the incorporation of the company brand into office designs will happen through the use of visual aids, technology and lighting fixtures. So empty walls will serve as canvases for everything from short films to logo loops and business presentations. At the same time close attention will be paid to subtleness as opposed to 'in your face’ branding that had been popular for years.
Yes, these are some of the office design trends that we can expect to see, but probably the biggest one is uniqueness. A lot of business owners have realised that it is important to adapt their office space to best suit their workers. And if this means excluding some fresh design trends, so be it. By having a workspace tailored to your worker’s needs your business will be getting a lot of free marketing, just ask Google and their Zurich office which includes a library and an aquarium. So in 2018 be bold, listen to the needs of your workers, and let them become the biggest spokespeople for your business and brand.
There you have it, a different take on the relation between business improvement and office design that awaits us in 2018. The best thing about the changes in office design is the amount of freedom business owners have when it comes to their input is pace design. Yes, things like natural light, air quality and noise pollution are still as relevant, but now so are food options, worker socialisation, and space changes.