As companies look to the future of work, they must consider the layout and design of their office spaces. The modern office is in constant flux and must be ready for anything. In 2023 we predict that design trends will focus on creating the perfect hybrid environment, a powerful tool for getting employees back in the office.
Today we will take an overview of the latest trends in office design, the cutting-edge technology transforming the workplace, and ergonomic furniture solutions that promote productivity.
Simply put, a hybrid office is any workplace that allows traditionally in-office roles to work remotely at least some of the time. This increasingly popular work model has significant benefits not just for employees, but for businesses as well.
Employees who work in hybrid offices experience the flexibility and autonomy to work in ways they find personally most effective. After receiving this level of control over their workday, employee’s reported:
- Improved work-life balance
- Higher productivity
- Greater efficiency
- Less burnout
- Higher morale
For businesses, the benefits are just as impressive.
The financial benefits of a hybrid workplace are numerous. Because employees are working from various locations, there can be less need for physical infrastructure such as computers and desks, further reducing costs. By reducing overhead costs such as rent, utilities, and other maintenance fees, businesses can save money without cutting corners.
After years of open layout trends, a return to seated privacy is becoming more common. Not only do barriers and partitions prevent the spread of infectious disease, they also increase employee productivity and morale. But remember, privacy spaces aren’t for everyone, so it’s important to include opportunities for open spaces throughout the office.
Hot-desking, unassigned workstations for use by hybrid employees, maximizes your real estate spend by eliminating redundant, unused space. This is ideal for offices with a travelling sales force or any business experimenting with a hybrid office.
An on-the-go workforce needs a place to regroup, connect, and prepare for the next meeting without having to travel back to their usual workspace. Touchdown spaces are designed to accommodate employees who need to briefly and efficiently work from their wireless devices. Whether a private room, a quiet lounge, or a converted conference room, these spaces allow workers to optimize efficiency by utilizing all the schedule holes peppered throughout the day.
Office technology is constantly advancing to help us make our workplaces more efficient and comfortable. You can efficiently and inexpensively improve the comfort and productivity of any modern workplace with these trending pieces of tech.
Give employees maximum freedom by heightening your office’s connectivity with strategically placed wi-fi extenders. A wi-fi booster can help strengthen your office’s wireless network and extend its reach to different parts of the building. This is especially helpful in larger offices that need stronger internet coverage.
Air purifiers contribute to office health and wellbeing by ensuring that your office is free from allergens, bacteria, and other harmful airborne particles. The right purifier will also reduce orders and contribute to a fresh feeling environment.
Don’t be surprised if you see more and more employees wearing headphones in the office. Noise-canceling headphones are ideal for offices where employees may have to make phone calls or take conference calls without disturbing those around them. They are also great for those who need a quiet space to focus on their work without any distractions.
Ergonomic furniture has long been a staple of the office as managers and employees alike search for ways to improve productivity. By prioritizing comfort and support, ergonomic furniture sets workers up for success and allows for longer periods of concentration and work. In 2023 the undisputed champ of ergonomic office furniture will be the sit-stand desk. A sit-stand desk puts workers in charge of their comfort and offers significant benefits to the user. Regular use of a sit-stand desk may:
- Promote weight loss
- Increase heart health
- Reduce back pain
- Improve food digestion
- Raise energy
- Boost productivity
At OSI we offer comprehensive cloud-based document storage and sharing services, so that your employees are able to collaborate wherever they may be. Cloud services are a cost-effective and secure way to stay connected.