If you are looking at refurbishing your office this year, why not think about incorporating some of the predicted trends for 2017? Having an office that is bang up to date will help employees look forward to coming to work every day, and impress customers looking to work with companies that have their finger on the pulse. Here are some ways to make sure your office refurbishment places your workspace right in the here and now.
In these uncertain times, people are looking more and more at ways to ensure their physical comfort and personal sense of well-being. Translating that into an office refurbishment means that popular features this year will include ergonomic desks and chairs, inspiring collaboration areas, private rooms for rest breaks and fun designs to lift the spirits. Health and safety are taking on more and more prominence too, so plenty of footrests, natural lighting and access to fresh air are must-haves for the 2017 office.
The passion for flexibility at work looks set to continue, which means that a well-designed workspace should allow for ever-changing layouts and uses. Open plan offices with areas for break-out meetings or rest times still remain popular, along with furniture that can be used for multiple layouts and functions. Adding video conferencing and virtual meeting facilities can also add to the general feeling of flexibility and productivity at work.
Innovation in IT
Workspaces are integrating more and more with the IT equipment contained within them. In other words, facilities to connect employees’ smartphones with their office computers, printers and other equipment are increasingly commonplace. Adding power adaptors and multimedia capabilities can only add to the efficacy and popularity of this trend at work. People are becoming less dependent on staying in one place at work, so have plenty of areas for mobile working and fit lots of power sockets so people can charge laptops, tablets and smartphones while they are passing through.
Share and share alike
Increasingly, smaller companies are having to adapt and co-operate to survive. The concept of shared office space is therefore on the rise. Sharing expenses, such as ground rent and utilities offer a financial advantage while having other people around you to bounce ideas around with and offer moral support adds to the sense of well-being at work described above. Again, including relaxation areas in such a set-up is crucial for long-term satisfaction and productivity at work.
As might be expected, our increasing preference for mobile working means that our need for storage has, to a certain extent, decreased. The rise of cloud-based technology has also cut down on the need to file physical paperwork or keep hard copies of correspondence. However, employees still need space to store personal possessions while they are at work and we will never be able to eradicate papers and other office paraphernalia completely. 2017 storage trends look like they will tend towards the minimal, with natural finishes and handle-less cupboards and drawers.