1. Residential FeelThe lines between corporate open planned offices will be blurred further than in 2016 with more workspaces adopting a residential feel. The boring corner office has significantly been phased out by the open plan, collaborative workspaces in 2016 and in the new year these will adopt a more residential theme. Offices will feel more welcoming and comfortable by having softer aesthetics including more bright colours, natural materials and spaces for relaxing/collaborating.
2. Mix of Materials
Instead of sticking with only wood or metal or soft furnishings, more and more workplaces will see a complimentary combination of raw materials. This will even be evident in flooring where there will be a blend of both hardwood flooring and carpet. The arrangement of various textures which are not only attractive but durable is key to creating a workplace design that will be on trend for years to come.
Offices will still remain open plan; however, there will be an increase in specific zones arranged based on various work day activities. There will be clusters of quiet zones, huddle zones, co-working space etc. These spaces will be particular to whatever employees are trying to achieve whether it is collaborating, socialising, focussing or brainstorming. Zones will be split by configurations of different types of furniture including seating pods, benches, standing desks and meeting tables. Zoning open plan offices results in employees being able to work in a way that suits their own style.
4. Increase of Remote Workers
The "Working anywhere: A winning formula for good work?" report, produced by Tehe Work Foundation and funded by Citrix, found that more than 50% of businesses in the UK will adopt flexible and remote working practices come the end of next year. It is predicted that remote working will soon become the rule instead of the exception. In 2017 workplaces will be seen to incorporate flexible workers into the setup of the office design. Having remote desks dispersed throughout permanent workers will be seen to increase motivation and engagement levels.
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