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2018 Office Design Trends: What's In, What's Out
8 September 2018 18:54:01 BST
It's hard to keep track of the trends but it's all about changing things for the better and getting the most from your team. Here's what's out and what's in fpr Office design.
Out: Open-office plan
In: Private desks and separate areas for group work
Long rows of open-air desks might have been all the rage half a decade ago, but employees don't actually like it. If collaboration is important at your company offer spaces where that might happen but it's important not to sacrifice privacy and acoustics to achieve it.
Out: Rectangular meeting rooms
In: Hexagonal meeting rooms
If four sides are good, six sides are better. A hexagonal room levels the playing field. As an added benefit, you'll be able to see everyone instead of only those sitting across from you. And materials placed on the walls will be more visible to everyone.
Out: Painted walls and graffiti
In: Textures and mirrors
Can't decide on a colour scheme? Skip the colour altogether and focus on textures instead. Brick, wood, and even acoustic screens can help mix things up from room to room. Marble can create a retro vibe. And mirrors can keep things fresh when placed in seemingly random locations--even on ceilings.
Out: Low-tech conference rooms
In: Tricked-out conference rooms
More and more employees are working remotely. Looping them into a video conference shouldn't take more than a few clicks. If you're building a new meeting room, equip it with cameras, speakers, and microphones that can be booted up without the need of extra equipment. And while you're at it, give your employees the power to book the room with just a few clicks by installing a wall-mounted tablet right outside.
Out: Bright colours everywhere
In: Pops of colour
Large expanses of colour have given way to something more calming and subtle. Add accents and little pops of colour. The brighter the colour, the smaller its area should be. Instead of painting a door, try a neon colour for the handle.
Out: Giving employees everything they need
In: Letting employees have their fun at home
Sleep pods and Ping-Pong tables are fun, but they can send the message that your employees are expected to stick around all day. Provide the added touches that make your office a pleasant place to be with breakout areas --but don't feel the need to completely combine work and play. The tech sector is growing up, as it does, and as it has a family and a life outside of the office, it becomes less important that they get every aspect of their social life given to them in the work space.