Over time, designers and experts of offices and office spaces have shifted their focus from technological advancements and fashionable office fitouts to create an environment that is more employee-oriented. Some call it the ‘new sustainability’ phase. Therefore, there is a likelihood that office space will be more open and flexible to allow for better employee engagement in the future.
Focus on collaboration
The modern business world embraces the spirit of entrepreneurship and team effort during inception and formation of companies. In most instances, several like-minded people come together under a well-defined structure and agreed set of objectives; and just like that, a company is born. Team work is what will keep the company growing into a sustainable entity.
Designers are developing a focus in creating commercial spaces that allow employees to think, work and collaborate in achieving the desired goals. Huge private spaces and isolated conference halls are being eliminated to pave way for shared spaces in which many work stations are merged. Therefore, the employees can easily assemble meetings and freely discuss ideas and opinions that can move the company forward.
This is not to say that employees do not need privacy. Smaller and more compact work stations ensure that there is enough space left for a small room for private meetings or some alone time. Within this private space, there are also shared amenities such as lounge furniture and desk phones to create a more comfortable environment where people can put their heads together and think better.
Flexibility and convenience
Newer office spaces have a specific focus on flexibility given the dynamic nature of jobs found in the market. Many job positions nowadays have little to do with staying in the office and looking into a computer every day from eight to five. Office spaces should be flexible enough for people who have to dash into the office, have quick sessions on their machines or phones, and then dash out for important business-related activities. They are being turned into basic touchdown spaces which can be rented when necessary.
With many electronic devices going wireless, designers have had to come up with ways to keep up with this change. Working stations are no longer permanent as people can move around and still access their emails and make calls. Indeed, this has reduced the business owners’ costs of renting out bigger office spaces and many real estate owners are looking into how they can provide value in small spaces.
Design according to daily activities
Most amenities found in the office are designed according to the activities the employees are expected to do daily. For example, laptops are used to check emails and phones to make calls every day. Conference facilities are used for meetings and lounges used during breaks for relaxing and rejuvenating, or for hosting visitors. If an amenity is not being used, then it has no use of being in the office.
It is therefore safe to conclude that better and healthier working environments are on the increase, and they are becoming cheaper to construct and maintain with every passing day.