Everyone wants to have a contemporary office because keeping up with the times reflects a modern and forward-thinking business. But what exactly does a contemporary office entail these days?
Interior design trends change drastically over the decades, and it can be hard to keep up. So, if you want to get your business back in style, take a look at our selection of contemporary office design trends to get you in the mood for a complete office transformation.
1. High Level of Personalisation
Is your business being visually represented in your workplace?
Designs that delve deep into the brand and its personality resonate more than any other office design trend. So essentially, this contemporary trend isn’t really a trend at all. Instead, it’s about understanding the brand message, workstyles, culture and business needs of your workplace and developing a unique look to match.
Adding more personalisation is also about creating a more ‘human experience’ with a design that truly understands the needs of the business and the personality it wants to portray. To achieve this, you’ll need to come up with a specific design vocabulary and creative visual branding to base the broader design of your office on.
With solid branding, any business has the power to create a consistent theme across the business, including within the office. This brand personality can result in customers and employees generating particular feelings and emotions towards the brand and this, in turn, can help foster more brand loyalty.
2. Share Based Workplaces
Openly sharing thoughts, ideas and plans makes your team stronger and your business impenetrable.
Some of the biggest brands in the world today such as Uber, Spotify and Airbnb are all embracing share based workplaces. Essentially, this means having co-working spaces within the workplace to create a more collaborative environment that more traditional working environments fail to deliver on.
Whether this is to do with the increased popularity of Activity Based Working (ABW) or a fallout from the share based economy fuelled by Gen-Y’s impact on the workforce, share based workplaces are here to stay and are making a difference to workplaces in a big way.
If your office doesn’t have enough space to create share based workplaces, try implementing collaborative furniture options where desks, chairs and workspaces can be shifted around easily to allow for team members to work together easily whenever the need arises.
3. Future Proof Workplaces
Nothing says ‘contemporary’ more than a workplace that embraces new technology.
Society and technology is changing so quickly these days and so is the look, feel and functionality of the workplace. Because of this, more businesses are investing in adaptable and flexible workplace features so their businesses can grow and evolve to meet the changing face of business in the future. Because the workplace itself is a significant expense for a business, it’s essential to utilise the space as effectively as possible.
Workspaces with integrated technology are also rising in popularity. Tech gadgets such as wireless charging, Google’s Chromecast and LiFi are just a few examples that could very quickly become office necessities.
Technology in the workplace should be easy to set up and access as well as being flexible and portable where necessary. We can expect more and more technological solutions beyond the standard computer screens that workplaces can integrate in the future.
4. Quiet Spaces
Noise is one of the biggest distractions at work. Overcome this by introducing quiet spaces.
With many businesses today opting for open-plan offices, which is wonderful for creating a collaborative and connected environment, it only makes sense to also have some allocated quiet spaces for those who need some peace and quiet to do their work. Some roles and tasks that require a high level of concentration can be hard to do with lots of noise and distractions around.
These quiet spaces should be fitted out with everything anyone would need to do their work including monitors, phones and docking stations, so they can easily pick up from where they left off.
5. Design for Well-Being
Create a workplace that puts the well-being of your staff first.
Businesses that integrate well-being into their office design are on the up and up as businesses try to do more to attract and retain quality staff. Seven different factors come into play here: air, water, light, fitness, comfort, nourishment and mind. Designing for well-being can include things such as:
- Ensuring there is good ventilation throughout the office
- Always having filtered water available
- Implementing sit-stand desks to help with back, neck and shoulder pain
- Making sure office desks and public seating areas are comfortable to work in
- Having a fully fitted-out kitchen in place to prepare meals
- Organising fruit boxes for the office
- Integrating improved ergonomics
- Making sure enough natural light is filtering through the workplace
These are just a few examples. However, anything that makes your office exceed the basic essentials is another plus towards the overall well-being of your staff.
Achieve a Contemporary Office with Future Fitouts
Have any of these contemporary office design ideas got you fired up and ready to turn your office into a thriving and modern workplace?
Give our team at Future Fitouts a call on 1300 368 461. We always do our best to stay on top of current office fitout trends, and we’re happy to work with you to integrate any of these elements into your upcoming fitout project.