TREND FORECAST 2019 – WHAT TO EXPECT IN INTERIOR DESIGN FOR OFFICES IN 2019

The new year is here and employees will be returning to offices in the coming weeks. We took a look at the forecasts for trends in office design in 2019. Here is what you can expect:

ANTI-OFFICE

With the world becoming smaller and more accessible each day with social media, virtual reality and internet based businesses, there is a real trend towards an “anti-office” movement in 2019.

Gone are the days where you have to spend 8 hours a day sitting behind a desk, staring at a computer screen. As proof of this, co-working spaces are becoming more and more popular by the day. People appreciate having exciting and refreshing spaces to work in. Employees have greater expectations of their environment and demand more from their surroundings.

You can incorporate this “anti-office” in your work space by offering activity based working spaces.
These spaces give employees a choice about how, when and where they work. In the office, that means providing a choice of work settings, each designed for a different type of task. Think floating workstations, collaboration areas, creative corners and quiet zones. Outside the office, activity based working is facilitated by enabling technology, which allows staff to work from anywhere; from home, to a coffee shop or an airport lounge.

EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Having extensively focused on this topic in previous blog posts (click here for more information), we are glad to see companies starting to focus more on employee experience in the workplace in 2019.
Your employees spend most of their days and weeks in the office. People want their offices to feel like home, be a comfortable and enriching space where they can be motivated to work. There is a definite move towards creating office environments that are comfortable but still functional.
Although open plan offices have been popular for the past years (read decades), we believe this is often a cost-cutting exercise, and that it is not an effective strategy. In 2019 there will be a move away from open plan offices to dynamic, agile spaces focusing on employee well being, cultivating happiness, community-building, and boosting morale for everyone from interns to top-floor executives.
Focusing on employee well being have great benefits in the long run. Research shows that people with higher levels of well being are more resistant to colds and have a quicker recovery time from illness, are more creative, and are better at problem solving.

CORPORATE PERSONALITIES – OFFICE DESIGN TO REFLECT YOUR BRAND, IDENTITY AND PHILOSOPHY

This design concept is based on the notion that companies have a story to tell. The way you construct your building, plan your space and design your interior can help you communicate your corporate identity. This can serve to inspire your employees and create an experience for your customers and the community in which you operate. Basically, this view utilizes interior design to give your working environment a sense of identity. It can also give your employees a heightened sense of their overall belonging and can give your recruitment efforts a boost too!

Take a look at the fun office Lego created keeping in line with their brand.

GOING GREEN

Here, we are not only talking about the importance of plants and greenery in the office environment. We also look at your carbon footprint and responsibility toward the earth as a company. Sustainable design is becoming more important as we move away from plastic and waste also in our personal lives. The movement away from using plastic straws in restaurants, got widespread attention during 2018. This is but a start.
There is pressure on companies to engage in obtaining their green credentials for their buildings and interior design fit-outs. It goes beyond simply installing a green, living wall in your lobby. It speaks to the inner workings of sustainability, promoting locally sourced finishes, fittings, furniture and even food and beverages. It’s about making choices that are good for the planet and our communities. Companies are changing their behaviour with reducing the use of plastic bottles for example, opting rather for water dispensers.

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Article adapted from: https://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/life/2018-11-29-the-latest-trends-in-office-design/