With 2017 up and running, we’re seeing some clear trends in the office design space. There has been a large focus on office ergonomics, flexibility within the workplace layout, and an increase of standing desks which will continue to increase in popularity during the next year. Across the year ahead we can expect to see more of the following workplace design trends:
Introducing a sense of fun
With happiness comes productivity, and organisations world-wide are turning to creative and innovative office design to set the scene for a more productive workplace. From the very ‘adult’ slide, a fireman’s pole to the library, free cafeteria and aquarium, Google has taken its brief in creating a fun working environment very seriously. When it is time to be creative, every employee has their own space to get their juices flowing. No wonder Google has such a dedicated family of staff!
In-House Office Facilities
It makes sense that workplaces striving to attract and keep the best talent, are making improvements to their in-house facilities. Top companies are incorporating facilities such as child care centres, indoor gyms, and even theatre rooms in their office design and layout. With a greater focus on people and productivity, it is becoming more common for workplaces to create a relaxation space with activities including in-house massages and meditation rooms.
Colours and Textures
Workplaces are stepping up their interior designs, with many taking a fun and playful approach with the use of colours, soft furnishings and a variety of textures. Following in the footsteps of the widely acclaimed Google head office, bright pops of colour are making their way into the office in the form of furniture, textured feature walls and carpets, as seen in the Eaton Vehicle Group office fitout we were recently involved in.
Work Lounging Pods
Giving employees an area they can sit quietly in a lounging pod and tune out from distractions is becoming a trend worth noting. We can expect to see more of these next year, offering an ergonomic seating solution, adjustable lighting, and privacy screens so individuals can maximise their own productivity in a quiet setting.
Further advance in office technology
In-built technology is on the rise, with the implementation of smart desks with charging cables, connection pads to link devices, and USB ports. Many meeting rooms and break-out rooms are now being fitted with additional charging-points to cater for today’s mobile devices.
Prepare to see some of these changes make their way into your workplace over the next year. To further implement an ergonomic and functional office design in your office, contact Bowen Interiors on 1300 780 654.