1. The Sustainability of the Economy
In workplace design, sustainability is a factor that should be considered more and more. Sustainability is more than a trend. It will always be important. Everyone has a responsibility in ensuring that eco-friendly products are designed, specified and manufactured. The industry is aware of sustainable energy and manufacturing methods and the types of materials used to create office furniture. Businesses must now take more responsibility than ever to offset their carbon emissions and reduce the amount of carbon that they emit.
We are becoming increasingly aware of the impact we have on our environment. This means employers look for environmentally-friendly products that will last. Look for products made from renewable resources. As consumers have become more educated and aware, this movement will naturally continue to gain momentum.
2. Collaborative Zones
It seems like working at home will be here for a long time as office spaces recover after the pandemic. This does not mean offices are obsolete, but they have evolved and will do so. The industry has seen a shift from office workstations towards collaboration zones. Before, employees would spend almost their entire working day in the office. They spent most of that time alone at their desk. Covid has made it easier for people to work from home. Focused work can be done in the comfort of their own homes. The role of the office has evolved to encourage co-workers to collaborate, share ideas, and inspire through communication.
In an office, it's common to have a dedicated space for generating and sharing ideas. It can also be useful to keep this area away from the desks in order to reduce distractions. We will see more offices in 2023 embracing collaboration. Employees who collaborate as a group are stronger and more efficient. The collaboration zones allow employees to easily communicate, brainstorm and foster a sense of teamwork away from interruptions.
3. The Technology
The office spaces will adapt to meet the growing needs for flexible and hybrid work. They may also include areas to host video conferences to keep staff connected while they are at home or on the road. Video calling is now an everyday necessity for a lot of employees, whether they are communicating with clients, partners, or team members. It is now time to embrace technology and adapt the workplace to reflect the fact that employees can stay connected even when they are miles away.
Smart technology will be more common in offices. Height-adjustable desks are a great example.
4. Leafy Greens
In the last few years, we've noticed that many offices have added plants and greenery to their bland spaces to bring in colour and fresh air. It's a good way to add some freshness and colour to your office. If you don't trust yourself with real plants, then you can use fake ones.
This year, vibrant colours will be used to accent office spaces to reflect the importance of employee wellbeing. Colour theory is being used by designers to affect mood and energy. It can also be used to stimulate creativity, increase employee concentration, or even influence employees' levels of concentration. Colour can be added to upholstery, metal finishes or something as simple and as simple as cushions. Understanding colour psychology and its effects can be a great way to create a harmonious and productive office.