As workspaces evolve to bring offices up to date, several major trends have become clear when looking at workplace architecture. From unfinished walls to sit-stand desks, offices are changing for employee health and productivity.
Light and open spaces
According to the Guardian, the way buildings are designed can make employees more productive, with air quality having a major impact on cognitive functions. Ventilation and lighting can also have an effect, with offices now being designed with this in mind. Open-plan rooms where ceilings are stripped white, walls are left pale and industrial beams are on show ensure there is plenty of space and light, leaving room for innovation and growth. You may see a pop of colour, which is said to fit in with a youthful, creative population.
In the current climate – where companies find themselves competing for talent – modern and appealing workplaces are a must. Businesses are investing in their employees more and more by providing top-of-the-range amenities and creating a healthy work environment. This goes hand-in-hand with the knowledge that health is important in optimising performance, so it is win/win for both employer and employee.
We have started to see offices with sit-stand desks, smoothie bars, under-desk treadmills and healthy vending machines. Some offices to let Basingstoke, such as www.matrix-house.co.uk, have facilities such as a gym, shower rooms and break-out workspaces available.
Flexible work environments
Flexibility is becoming one of the highest priorities for businesses with office space, with more and more people working remotely and being out of the office for significant portions of the day. It has also been said that offices where workers are protective of their personal space can demoralise new or temporary workers. To solve these issues, designers are creating flexible and activity-based workplaces where seating is unassigned and office space is available for all to use. Some offices have the use of ‘touch-down spaces’ where those who work remotely can plug in and go, while others have room for visitors from other offices or departments.
Whether employees need amenities to promote productivity, ways to ensure healthiness at work or flexibility in the office, workplace designers are beginning to adapt, with stylish and practical office space becoming more and more available and employee satisfaction a priority.