Looking into the workplace crystal ball

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As workspaces continue to evolve, reacting to the changing needs of the increasing millennial workforce, so too do the trends and ideas that influence offices in 2017. As the new year gets underway, take a look at some of the workspace trends that we will be seeing more of this year.

 

Hotdesking and flexible workspaces
The allocation of individual workspace is becoming less about hierarchy and entitlement, and more about function and fit. Creative industries have widely embraced open-floor plans in recent years and are now taking the lead in hot-desking, where employees jump from desk to desk and have no designated permanent seating.

The hot-desking trend itself continues to evolve, with increasing levels of flexibility being incorporated into the workspace. A well-designed workplace in 2017 should change effortlessly according to the task at hand, from casual lounge seating with an integrated work surface to a table with two chairs or writable wall surfaces. And it’s not just the workstations, but common areas as well that should be easily adapted to suit changing requirements.

 

Bringing the outdoors in
With office workers spending upwards of 8 hours a day indoors, employers are bringing the outdoors in with office greenery. But this trend goes further than your standard house plant on a desk – think living walls, waterscapes like fountains, or even a blue sky filled with white clouds and a sunlight on the ceilings. It is also being incorporated into the design elements of a space through reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed flooring and using interesting design patterns in fabrics.

 

Integrated technology
As technology’s role in our working day evolves, so too must the workspaces ability to accommodate it. Items such as desk phones are becoming less essential, in line with the flexible workspace trend, but there is a rise in technology that is more closely integrated into the workspace. Built-in power adapters and multimedia capabilities can help make an area easy and functional, while you can expect to see wireless charging of devices to become more common.

 

Color
Studies have shown color boosts happiness, productivity and creativity and it is increasingly being incorporated into workspaces in creative and functional ways. Work environments are being organized by color, from workspace furniture to more subtle design elements, which some experts believe helps employees thoughts to be more organized and increase the functionality of teams.