Working remotely has changed how we work. We crave both function and form. Our workplace can oftentimes reflect the company itself, and therefore, a potential reflection of ourselves. At OSI, we stay up to date on all the newest design trends and developments so you can focus on work. And with much of the worlds’ workforce still working remotely or in a hybrid situation, the office design trends are continuing to evolve.
Offices around the world have a great impact on the environment. There are many ways you can save money while also helping the environment. Being aware of just how much paper you might be wasting and changing your habits will have lasting effects. Printing on both sides of the paper, digitizing your files, and ensuring recycling bins are clearly labeled for use are a few examples. Another way to stay eco-friendly and on trend is to use natural lighting as much as is possible, rather than fluorescent lights. If you don’t have access to much natural light, eco-friendly light bulbs are a great substitute to traditional fluorescents.
Natural light is greatly important, not only aesthetically but also medically. A lack of it can contribute to illness, which can become costly when workers potentially start missing work. If you’re able to bring in more natural light to your workplace, the benefits will be great, as it is shown to reduce eye strain, ward off seasonal depression, improve alertness, and increase productivity.
Sit-stand desks have had a great amount of growth over the past few years. Many of us have found that the cubicle of yesteryear no longer makes sense. Using a standing desk can lower the risk of unwanted weight gain, heart disease, back pain, and is often found to improve productivity! This combined with an anti-fatigue mat will help keep your office comfortable and open to all kinds of workers craving any kind of environment.
Warm, inviting spaces that are inclusive for all employees are going to be a top priority for 2022. You’ll want to have size inclusive seating, allergen-friendly breakroom supplies, a layout that works for people with mobility challenges, and more. These are all things that, when thoughtfully handled, will keep both your employees and customers feeling welcomed and appreciated, which will promote loyalty and recommendations. This in turn ensures you will make more money!
Virtual Meeting Rooms
Virtual meetings are here to stay. Whether fully or partially virtual, some team members will be commuting in via their Wi-Fi on particular days. Make sure that your conference rooms have the latest in audio-visual technology to ensure a missed connection never occurs.
What color promotes comfortable focus? We know that hunger is ruled by red, calm is ruled by blue. But what colors could you use for your office to keep productivity up and stay on trend?
We associate green with two things: plants and money. Natural greens, like sage and mint, are known to promote growth and focus. With soft green accents in your office, whether with chairs, art, plant wall, and/or accessories, the productivity will grow like a weed.
In more neutral spaces, like hallways, conference rooms, etc., you can keep your color schemes a bit more neutral. This allows for a minimalist look while staying on trend. Lighter wood tones, soft taupes, and light coffee tones are great to use. Another benefit is they match almost every color!
For your reception and welcome areas, you can use a bright, joyful color most closely associated with the sun. Keeping the customers and employees feeling sunny is sure to improve productivity, not to mention most hues of yellow will look great against the soft greens and beiges throughout the rest of the office.