Up-and-coming office design trends are driven by investing in the productivity of a business and not only look amazing but are extremely beneficial for employees.
One such trend is designing a workspace that functions according to the needs of the business and enhances the performance, happiness, and overall quality of life for those who work within its walls. Lighting and layout are two aspects of design that go hand-in-hand and have seen the most change as office space design has improved.
Let in the Light
This is perhaps the biggest and most important trend in office lighting of 2018. Large glass windows allow for natural light to enter the building and full walls made of glass between offices and rooms allow for the natural light to be spread across the entire space. Additionally, strategic planning of where to place solid walls can permit all dwellers of the office to have access to natural light. There have been countless studies on the positive effects that sunshine has on workers.
Goodbye Cubicles, Hello Comfort
Removing cubicles has been proven to increase accountability and productivity. WeWork cofounder and CEO Miguel McKelvey says, “Just the fact that everyone can see each other, now they become accountable.” Additionally, making an office space more comfortable by adding some homey features has proven to increase productivity. Interactive design features like restaurants, fireplaces, game rooms, and more allow for employee comfort, which can transform the workplace into an even more productive environment. Happy employees will work harder and better.
Biophilic design is becoming more than a trend; it is a scientifically proven philosophy of our innate connection with nature and natural elements. Modern humans spend about 90% of their time indoors, which has resulted in this outcry for a deeper connection with nature. Fortunately, the response to this outcry has gone far deeper than adding a few plants around the office (although adding plant life is an important aspect of biophilic design).
Instead, it has inspired architects to use nature as the framework, allowing aspects of nature to be built into the indoor environment. This has affected the lighting aspect of office space design immensely, demanding greater amounts of natural light as well as softer lighting instead of windowless cubicles under fluorescent lighting.
As you may be able to tell, new trends in office lighting and design for increased productivity are due in large part to the growing millennial population in the workplace. Workplace design is now viewed as an investment, it is meant to be inclusive for all generations under one roof, to improve team performance, and increase competition for talent. Biophilic design, natural lighting, and open spaces are increasingly incorporated into workplaces and proven to help businesses help themselves.
As you look into making changes around your office space, consider these design trends. Contact Strack Companies to learn more about improving your office space.