New approaches to developing effective workplaces address rapidly changing demographics, the influence of technology, an ongoing talent shortage and research-based insights into how workplace design impacts productivity and retention. Among the most notable are work environments that are:
Flexible – Modular furnishings enable easy adaptation for changes in employee, project and company needs, reducing underused real estate, while appealing to millennial and Gen Z collaborative workstyles and enabling easy integration of new technologies.
Activity-based – Blended/activity-based offices offer a mix of private, semi-private and open spaces. Often color-coded, functional zones can include communal areas, huddle rooms, unenclosed breakout areas, casual seating groups, and privacy pods or other quiet spaces.
Designed for well-being – Sit-stand desks, layouts that promote movement and the inclusion of natural lighting are among the design factors addressing evidence-based info on how environment affects well-being and productivity.
Equipped for tech – Concealed wires and ease of device connectivity to facilitate seamless content sharing and hassle-free collaboration are among the goals of integrating tech into other office elements.
Appealing – Facilities that are fun and comfortable, and include inspiring amenities increase companies’ odds of attracting and retaining top talent.
Data-driven – Applying evidence-based principles maximizes the value of an office makeover. The pinnacle of this approach uses sensor-gathered data on employee movement and interactions.