What’s Next in Workplace Design?


What trends should be taken into consideration when designing tomorrow's work environments?

Sustainable development, robotics, digital and mobile work. These words could briefly describe the future development of work environment. We are undergoing a remarkable change, which requires ability and desire to adapt on new ways of working. In addition to an individual workstation, activity based offices provide a wider range of spatial solutions for various needs and personalities. That makes my job, as an Interior Architect, even more interesting.

The work community develops within the demographic change. For us, Y-generation representatives, acting according to ethics and own values is more important than a long career in one organization. Therefore, a work environment has to offer alternatives for a multigenerational group of workers.

Experiential technology to support communality

Due to technological development, the work community is now worldwide. In the future, managing virtual workforce requires additional resources from organizations. Progressive trends are also virtual reality as a part of our everyday life, holography, new display technologies, cloud services and 3D and 4D printing.

Portable devices enable working remotely and yet, makes us available 24/7. In the future, personnel needs are the ability and willingness to adapt to the new ways of working. Moreover, there will be a growing demand for technology and web skills.

Technology must be user-driven and on the other hand experiential. An iPad telepresence robot makes it possible to attend a meeting virtually. This will decrease the spatial requirements of a meeting room and increases the need for high-quality presentation technologies and a speedy network connection. Conference rooms must be flexible and easy to customize.

Powerful networking

Entrepreneurship will grow stronger in future organizations and network based on freelance workers, increases its popularity. Various ways of working are forming offices towards a highly customized spatial solutions. Future organizations function like an open playground, where people and information moves seamlessly.

The challenge for the future working environment is to engage a freely moving workforce to the organization. Instead of individual workstations, the employee embodies his own personality spatially. Therefore, the challenge of a modern work environment is to provide a wide range of spatial solutions of which one can find the most suitable alternative for him or herself.

Working together increases social well-being in a workplace. However, due to portable devices and remote access, cafés, hotels and other public spaces are a popular alternative for an office. As an organizational engaging factor can be, for example, an internal coffee shop that supports work and provides a platform for company's internal events.

Space efficiency, flexibility and versatility

Some of the most crucial trends, that has an impact on office design, are sustainable development and well-being at work. Furthermore, design thinking, service design, business skills and environmental expertise increase their significance.

Within the sustainable development, crucial factors in office interior design are spatial efficiency and flexibility. Instead of ownership, divisibility is increasing. Facilities must be designed in a way that the structural modifications remain in minor even if the spatial functions are changing. Easily customized spaces serve multiple user groups in various tasks.

One of the challenges is also the improvement of employees' physical well-being, which in long terms is in the interest of all parties. The working environment should encourage employees to move and support social interaction with coworkers. Common breakout rooms are a perfect spatial solution for this purpose.

5 Tips for Planning a Future Work Environment:

  • The work environment should provide a wide range of various spaces for everyone to find and modify the most suitable option for their needs.

  • Within the new technology, the spatial requirements for meeting rooms are decreasing, while flexibility and customization are the crucial factors for design.

  • As an engaging factor for a freely moving workforce, can function an internal coffee shop that supports work and provides a platform for company's internal events.

  • Easily customized spaces serve multiple user groups in various tasks. A work environment should be designed in a way that the structural modifications remain in minor even if the spatial functions are changing.'

  • The working environment should encourage employees to move and support social interaction with coworkers. Common breakout rooms are a perfect spatial solution for this purpose.

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