Be Ready for Anything in 2023
In an ever-changing world, workplace design and product innovations have evolved quickly. Decades long norms are now hopelessly antiquated, while new ideas fall like rain. In the past, office design determined the way we work, but now it is the space that must change to fit the task at hand. Increasingly hybrid offices, the return of private workspaces, and a continued focus on employee wellness are just some of the exciting trends we anticipate seeing in 2023.
Invest in Connectivity
With more people choosing to work remotely at least some of the time, businesses need to ensure that their office design accommodates this shift in how we work. To support hybrid work, companies should focus on products that improve connectivity and accommodate different devices.
Increase your office connectivity with Wi-Fi boosters to support your workers wherever they are in the building. Invest in greater access to charging ports, power outlets, and data connections, giving employees more autonomy and flexibility throughout the day.
Hybrid office environments are unique in that they need to accommodate both remote and in-person employees, so it’s essential to have products that can support a variety of workers. This includes technology that can provide secure access to data and communications for all employees, regardless of their location. If you’ve not invested in cloud-based data storage or online task management software, now is the time. Sharing data quickly and securely is more important than ever before, and cloud-based solutions make it easy for remote workers to do just that.
Bring the Outside In
Biophilic design is an approach to interior design that integrates natural elements into the built environment. The goal of biophilic design is to create a connection between humans and nature, both indoors and out. This is achieved through the use of natural materials, plants, sunlight, and other elements that bring the outdoors in.
Biophilic design has gained traction in office spaces because of its proven beneficial impact on productivity, wellness, and health. By incorporating natural elements into the office space, workers are able to reduce stress levels, increase focus, and boost creativity.
Offices can easily incorporate biophilic design without major overhauls or renovations. Introducing houseplants into the workspace can bring an instant breath of fresh air and create an inviting atmosphere. Adding natural materials such as wood, stone, or woven textures can help to create an ambiance of comfort and relaxation. Incorporating daylighting solutions, such as skylights or windows, can provide natural illumination and better airflow.
What’s Old is New Again
For years the trend in offices was to emphasize an open layout but giving employees access to privacy is becoming more popular. In fact, what really sets the new design trends apart is a focus on variety. By providing workers with a variety of spaces and the freedom to choose for themselves, we empower employees to do their best.
Touchdown spaces are small, often enclosed, areas that are designed to provide employees with a sense of privacy and separation from the rest of the office. These spots are perfect for brief phone calls, sending off a few emails between meetings, or just a few moments for gathering thoughts. By having these designated areas, employees have an opportunity to concentrate without interruption or distraction, leading to increased productivity and improved well-being.
Creating privacy in your workplace is simple and can be accomplished in a variety of ways. You can set up clear-top cubicles, install acoustic panels, or create a physical barrier between desks. These physical barriers not only help reduce noise but can also serve as visual cues to remind people to respect each other’s space. Not only does this stave off the spread of sickness in the office but can drastically reduce stress and improve mental and physical health.
Accommodation is Key
You may be thinking, so we just go back to cubicles? No; we’re talking about compromise. Like we said, variety is key. We know not every employee has the same preference, or even the same tasks. Different responsibilities, styles, and personalities require different accommodations. By including opportunities for variety in your office, you have the best of both worlds.
If you’re like us, you always look forward to cool new office tech. The office of 2023 includes air filtration units, noise-cancelling headphones (for privacy in public), wireless devices, and everything you need for a top-of-the-line conference room.
And what is the coolest piece of tech in the 2023 office? An employee favorite, the sit-stand desk. When you hear the benefits, you’ll understand why this “trend” is here to stay. Using a sit-stand desk can:
- Lower risk of obesity
- Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
- Increase heart health
- Reduce back pain
- Improve mood
- Improve focus
- Improve overall productivity
When it comes to furniture, comfort and productivity go hand in hand. That’s why at Proftech we partner with companies like HON Office Furniture to provide comfortable chairs and office furniture designed to support your spine, relieve tension, and prevent back pain. A comfortable, alert posture is the perfect stance for productivity, and HON gets you there.
Learn more about Proftech’s approach to Space Planning and Design.