This article recaps the trend series and discusses how to adjust to constant changes. The article is part of our blog series covering this year’s top 5 design trends.
In this series, we have discussed sustainable development and wellbeing, current trends facilities as well as work culture from different perspectives. We looked at the upcoming interior design trends regarding offices and took a dive into next-gen design and new technologies.
All these trends are changing the world and the way we work. Constant change requires adaptation in work communities, at the individual level, and in the development of future buildings.
Emphasis on continuous learning and self-management
In the turmoil of the Covid pandemic, and with the ongoing energy and financial crisis, workplaces are undergoing a massive transformation. These changes are having a multi-level impact on the work community. At the individual level, the emphasis is now on learning new skills and self-management. Simultaneously, organizations experienced unprecedented digital disruption, and remote working became a widespread part of the work culture almost overnight.
Amid significant changes, companies need to rethink what kind of employers they want to be. The key is to design and create a safe and supportive learning environment, apply these lessons in times of crisis, and make changes where necessary. For management, this also means a new responsibility for staff well-being and quality management. In other words, the organization as a community needs to understand common goals and expectations.
Experiential working environments with a focus on customer experience
Recent surveys have summarized the main reasons for coming to the office:
- One-to-one meetings
- Professional development
- Mentoring or training
- Social and informal interaction with colleagues
The workplace will no longer be just a place to work; it will be an experience that employees and customers will remember. In addition to providing high-quality services and solutions, companies will need to create a welcoming and engaging environment that fosters collaboration and creativity. This will require a thoughtful approach to workplace design, including elements such as natural light, green spaces, and modern amenities. Companies that prioritize workplace design and amenities will have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining top talent.
Creating an experiential working environment is not only about the physical space, but also about the company culture. It is important to foster a positive and inclusive work culture that fosters creativity, innovation and continuous learning. Companies can achieve this by providing opportunities for skill development, mentorship and coaching, and by recognizing and rewarding employees for their contributions. By prioritizing the employee experience, companies can create a strong sense of loyalty and commitment among their workforce, which can lead to better business outcomes.
Flexibility and tailored services for tenants
Flexibility and tailored services for tenants are becoming increasingly important in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. In the future, tenants will expect more flexibility, higher quality, and shorter leases. The size of the offices is expected to decrease, while the number of square meters per employee will increase. Companies are also looking to co-working spaces for services and solutions.
To meet these demands, CRE developers must create a diverse range of support and services and improve the customer experience. This can include providing flexible lease terms, customizable spaces, and responsive property management services. Additionally, developers can integrate technology solutions such as smart building systems to enhance the tenant experience and improve operational efficiency.
Considering the environmental impact of buildings will also be a significant factor in future construction projects, with occupiers focusing increasingly on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) targets. By taking a proactive approach to sustainability and implementing green building practices, developers can differentiate their properties and enhance their market competitiveness while also improving their environmental performance.
Sustainability as a driving factor
Sustainability will also continue to be a major trend in workplace design. Companies need to consider the environmental impact of their buildings and operations, and include sustainable design principles into their workplaces. This will involve reducing energy consumption, reducing waste, and promoting the use of renewable resources. Furthermore, companies can work to reduce their carbon footprint through initiatives like promoting the use of public transportation.
The integration of renewable energy sources and green design principles is becoming increasingly important also for CRE developers who seek to reduce their environmental impact, improve operational efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage in the market. By implementing renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal, CRE developers can significantly reduce their carbon-footprint. This also helps to lower the reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Additionally, incorporating green design principles such as energy-efficient lighting, water conservation, and natural ventilation can further enhance the environmental performance of buildings.
Data economy and new technologies
The smart office and virtual working environment will continue to evolve over the next decade. More and more products will have a digital twin – a digital copy of a product, process, or physical entity. This virtual model can be used for product development and maintenance. With a virtual model of a product, companies can save time, money, and resources in the product development process. In addition, smart office tools can be used to monitor and analyze data, such as energy usage or office occupancy levels. This helps organizations to identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions.
Also, the use of Mixed Reality (MR), combining virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), is growing. For example, many companies are already using this technology to train and onboard employees. Another significant technological development is using AI in integrated workplaces and building management systems.
To sum it up, by embracing new technologies, sustainable choices, and agile design approaches, organizations can create memorable and engaging workplace experiences for their employees in 2023 and beyond.