Every new work day brings about new trends in office layout and design. However, today’s biggest corporate offices do more than just look cool. Modern furniture and design can help to improve the productivity and efficiency of a company by promoting collaboration and conversation while influencing the overall wellness of employees. Here are five new furniture design and office layout trends to keep in mind for your next big office update.
Open Floor Plans and Collaborative Workstations
Private offices and depressing cubicles are on their way out, and large open floor plans are in. Everyone from the interns to the CEO is out in the open. This gives employees more of an opportunity to get to know one another and work together on projects. Open office environments also promote the elimination of assigned seating, allowing employees to work from any available station. Giving employees a frequent change of environment helps to clear their minds and promotes productivity.
Creating collaborative areas for both small and large group collaboration is a must in modern corporate culture. When people sit together, it creates a great collaborative environment filled with buzzing conversations and sharing of ideas. When designing collaborative workstations it’s good to remember to make furniture mobile and interchangeable so groups can sit in any formation they like.
Floor to Ceiling Windows and Glass Walls
To maintain an open office layout, many companies are building their offices with floor to ceiling windows. This helps brighten up the office with natural light. When spending eight hours a day in an office, bringing more natural elements into the workplace provides health benefits and open mindedness in employees.
Building conference rooms with glass walls keeps the open floor plan vibe while also providing a quiet space for meetings and conferences. Due to the new open floor plan layout, many modern offices have very few walls. The walls that do exist in modern offices are frequently painted to become giant whiteboards or chalkboards.
Standing Desks and Comfortable Laptop Stations
Employee health and wellness is becoming more recognized and important in work environments. Standing desks help to promote a healthy office environment by maintaining positive energy flow. And many employees find themselves to be more productive when they are constantly on their feet.
More corporate companies are sectioning off comfortable areas of their offices and filling them with couches and comfortable modern seating to give employees a place to relax and work on their laptops. This is especially important to have in modern offices because more employees are using laptops for work so they are able to work remotely or come into the office whenever they choose.
Bright and Bold Color Schemes
Many of today’s top Fortune companies like Facebook, Google, Skype, and Adidas are integrating pops of color to their offices through their office furniture and in other unexpected ways. These companies are striving to be at the forefront of offering a wide range of colors in accessories and furniture because a wide range of color has been known to improve moods and enhance productivity in the workplace. According to Fast Company, each color affects people in different positive and enhancing ways, which is why it is important to incorporate a full color spectrum in an office or work environment.
Open Kitchen, Lounge, and Recreation Areas
Happy Employees are more productive employees. This is why comfortable lounge areas, often filled with games and activities, and a full kitchen are becoming more common. Make your break area an effective area of your workplace by providing all of the essentials: free coffee, healthy food options, lunch tables, games like billiards, foosball or mini-golf, comfortable seating, television, and various employee requested features. Remember that breaks are essential to employee productivity during work time, and don’t forget to utilize this area by hosting fun company parties and events.