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2020 Design Trend – How Remote Working is Influencing Office Design

28 January, 2020

Office design trends in recent years have focused on the growing consideration of wellness within the workplace and biophilic design, however one trend which is on the rise is the notion of remote working.

The modern workspace is vastly changing with employees developing more flexibility with the way they work, as more companies recognise the value of remote working.  Thanks to changed attitudes and ever-improving network capabilities, half the UK workforce is expected to be working remotely this coming year.

This movement has a significant impact on the way we design office spaces, allowing for fewer employees being present, others stepping in and out and a general demand for more flexible environments to meet the needs of an increasingly variable workforce.

How do you design an office space that benefits varied work styles?

Getting Creative with Work and Shared Zones

Studies show that workers productivity levels differ as well as respond to a variety of environments, therefore understanding how your workers work best is essential to catering to their needs. While remote workers may be used to their personal space at home, there is also a sense of collaborative and socialisation that some workers crave when they are in the office.

But what does it take to create a collaborative workspace in an office, and how does this fit the unpredictability of staff presence?

Having a mixture of zones comprising of traditional desk layouts, individual pods and comfortable couch spaces and collaboration tables allows for your team to move about the office while having the opportunity to find a space that works best for them and therefore improve overall performance and work for staff coming and going. Limiting designated desks will also limit an empty and possibly lackluster environment.

Remote workers are accustomed to having an environment they can control whilst generally being quite isolated with less distractions. It is beneficial to simulate these advantages and allow workers to have the ability to control their environment within the workplace. It is essential to consider flexibility when designing these spaces to allow for individual control and to fit in with the possibility of company growth and technology advances.

Keep Connected with Technology

Having the right technology to connect people together with ease is vital when working with remote workers. This means today’s way of working can continue to change as technology advances and more efficient ways of working are introduced.

It is essential for companies to stay up to date and integrate technology into different areas of the workplace, including furniture with screens to facilitate presentations, wireless screen sharing capabilities and charging ports. Likewise, smartboards allowing staff to collaborate more effectively and allow for quick and easy share of information is more commonplace.

This will also assist with teams moving further away from traditional desk-based work, decreasing the personal space needed per worker. Embedded technology facilitates an increased level of flexibility enabling staff to work, present and/or collaborate almost anywhere in what will be a fully digitally enabled work environment.

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