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Office Design Trends for 2018

As another year has come and gone, it’s always interesting to see what happened during the year in the world of design. Design is a constantly evolving art form and seldom stands still. In terms of office design, it’s becoming increasingly important to get the look and feel of professional workspaces right to make a good, long-lasting impression. This is why looking at trends is more than simply staying on top of style shifts – it may just give you a few ideas of what might be the next best way to put your office a step above the rest. Here are some of the trends predicted for office design in 2018: Moving away from the conventional We predict that in 2018, unconventional work areas might start taking over a lot of office spaces. This style of design is being driven by the millennial generation and their love of open space designs and collaborative work environments. When you think unconventional, think of more informal work areas with bean bags, sofas and greenery (plants, living walls etc.). Think of areas where you can go for an informal brainstorming session filled with vibrant colours, stimulating patterns and even fun activities. Stiff and formal just won’t make the cut in 2018. So, if you are feeling a little playful, take the leap and jump onto this trend. Think dynamic A trend that has appeared during the last two years in office design, but has been increasing in popularity and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, is dynamic office spaces. These types of spaces are moveable and can be transformed and changed based on the company’s needs. Businesses are able to be a bit more creative with spaces, as the allocated area doesn’t have to only serve one function. A room in the office can be transformed from a boardroom to an event space – quickly and easily. This is done with the use of lightweight, movable office furniture with wheels, movable dividers and easily portable plants and boards. If your business is constantly evolving and changing, a dynamic office space is a perfect solution for your transforming business. Going even greener In our previous blog, we covered some the benefits of biophilic design at the office, and it’s clear that we weren’t wrong to see the value in adding some greenery to the office. In 2018, we’re sure to see even more greenery forming part of office designs. Everything...

Generation Y: Closed or Open Plan Office Spaces?

Generation Y, also more commonly known as millennials, is the current generation moving into the working environment and will soon be the ones who are going to populate office space all around the world. Despite this generation’s traits of constantly sharing their lives on social media. Studies show that these social media savants would prefer a closed office plan instead of an open plan design once they enter the professional environment. This research warrants further investigation into millennials and exactly what makes them tick, especially if employers want to attract the best of the best. What is closed vs open offices? When it comes to open and closed plan offices, each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages: Open plan designs: An open plan layout utilises a design that makes use of large open spaces and minimises the use of small, enclosed rooms such as cubicles or private offices. The advantages of open plan offices are that they save space in an office environment and serve as the more cost-effective option. On the flip side, open plan is susceptible to higher noise levels, stress, conflict, higher blood pressure, and a higher staff turnover rate. Open plan also reduces confidentiality and private conversations, which some employees may prefer. Concentration, job satisfaction and performance are also affected. Closed plan designs: This is the use of panels or cubicles in an office space to create separated individual working spaces for each employee. A closed plan offers privacy, concentration, creativity, less gossip, clear hierarchy and healthy competition. The down side, however, is that a closed plan has disadvantages such as space consumption, low supervision, low communication and is more expensive. To make an accurate forecast decision about whether millennials will go for a closed plan over an open plan. We have to look at their work attributes to find out what they are like in the work environment to see which office layout would work for them in reality. Traits of millennials When millennials move into the working environment, research shows that they want to produce meaningful work; they like working as a creative outlet and prefer immediate feedback. With the introduction of social media and the advancement of technology, millennials’ collaborative skills have been augmented. This has created a preference for a team-orientated environment. Social media has connected millennials to the world around them, making them accustomed to instant feedback. Also, due to advancements made in educational techniques, group activities...

The perfect combination: Taking a coffee-break in a beautiful pause area

The perfect combination: Taking a coffee-break in a beautiful pause area “What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.” - Henry Rollins Most working people would agree that they wouldn’t be able to function properly without that all-important first cup of coffee in the morning sometimes. Sometimes this small but important pleasure feels like the only thing that will get us through the day. It may be for this reason that coffee and productivity have become synonymous. Working in an office where there isn’t access to caffeine may be unthinkable to some. This little bean creates a beautiful smell that gives a pick-me-up for both the senses and the spirit, especially on a stressful day. And it may be like that for a reason. Coffee actually has a lot of benefits for employees, which many coffee lovers would be very happy to hear. But apart from a great biscotti, what do we think is the perfect pairing with coffee at the office? Well, the perfect pause area, of course. A pause area is a place where employees can go to escape their desk, rest their hard-working brains for a bit, and reset themselves before they jump back into their work. Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can be demoralising and even counter-productive, so giving them the opportunity to take a mental break is crucial. This is why a pause area is important and needs to be an informal space where employees feel welcome to sit, relax, sip on coffee, eat lunch, and get to know their colleagues. A couple of benefits you get from a cuppa One of the benefits we have all probably heard about is that coffee helps to keep you alert. It is the perfect beverage to give you a boost when you need it and improve productivity when that deadline is looming. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) actually did a study in 2010 that showed that employees who participated in coffee breaks together showed an overall improvement in their productivity. If you are a coffee drinker at the office, the chances are that you might also be more social, which can be tied to increased productivity. Coffee can also assist with reducing sleep-deprived stress. Some studies have also linked coffee with being more creative. So, when someone tells you to get your creative juices flowing, this is the perfect excuse to get the kettle boiling. If all these benefits weren’t reason...