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A contemporary office space takes time to create, and should be thought through with care.

Modern life may not be rubbish, but it certainly has changed a lot, and no more so than in the workplace. Businesses and workforces are almost unrecognisable to those of twenty or even 10 years ago.

Technology has had an incredible impact on the way we work, with remote working, file networks and virtual meeting rooms all changing the way we interact with the typical office space. Not only that, we also find ourselves in the position of having four generations working together in many offices for the first time, and generally demographics are very different, with many workplaces now as influenced by women as by men.

This means that requirements of office design have changed greatly too. If your office is in need of an overhaul to bring it up to date, follow our guide to designing the workplace of the future.

Designing the office workspace of the future

Consider your demographics

With an aging workforce and more woman in the office than ever before, the old ways of designing offices are obsolete. As an example, the average height of many desks was designed for males between 18-60, the formerly typical office demographic.

However, many women and older people find that these heights impractical without using boosters or footrests. Instead of making some people in the office have to work hard to get the perfect configuration, why not bring in height-adjustable desks that can suit absolutely anyone?

Another thing to consider is the personality of your workforce. The so-called “rise of the introvert” doesn’t mean that introverts are springing up where there were none before; instead, it means that where once office spaces and workforces were designed to cater for extroverts, many employers are now seeing the benefit of providing for and encouraging introverts to make them feel comfortable.

You may be surprised to hear that latest guesses put the ratio of introverts to extroverts at close to 50:50. Have you been designing an office that only suits half your workforce? If so, your business is suffering and you probably weren’t even aware of it.

Health and wellness

Employee wellness is not just the latest buzzword in HR circles; it’s a crucial factor in designing the ideal workforce. Ensuring that your employees are healthy and fit can have a beneficial impact on your business. A poorly-designed office can promote stress and ill health, leading to sickness absence and low morale.

In contrast, a well-designed office with good lighting, ergonomically-designed and adjustable furniture and a hybrid mix of cubicles, open-plan working and quiet/breakout areas can improve productivity, reduce absence and reduce turnover.

Use of technology

The pace of technological evolution can seem bewildering at times and it’s often hard to keep up. However, the business that using the latest technology to improve the office environment is one that has an eye on the future and an edge on its competitors.

Using smart lighting and temperature technology to create a comfortable, and energy-efficient, environment, using smart screens, virtual meeting rooms, remote working and cloud-based technology and storage can all contribute to creating the lean, agile and customisable workforce of the future.

Desk high bookcases can solve your storage needs

Many employees value the ability to customise their workspace to fit their individual needs and our range of desk high bookcases can be a perfect solution. Allow staff to keep their own library of books and reference material for quiet time or personal development.

We offer a full range of desk high bookcases in a variety of modern and traditional finishes to suit any office design. Take a look at the full range here and have a chat with our sales advice team if you need help on any aspect of choosing the right furniture for your workspace.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 21, 2018 at 10:24 am

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