If you’re designing an office in 2019, you want to know how to maximise the benefit you receive from your work and business space. This means tuning into the must-know office fitout trends that you for this year.
Young people who are entering the workplace now or who are new to it – Generations Y (Millennials) and Z – are also bringing fresh new ways of working.
Environment is important to them – it needs to be inspirational as well as comfortable. Coming to work should be an experience that inspires and motivates.
They also expect to connect with people – so think about designing communal areas for work and socialisation, as well as quiet spaces for tasks that require concentration.
It’s also about making the most of new technologies in a day and age where wireless is standard and we are not tied to the nearest power point.
Turn old-fashioned cubicles into modern, flexible pods
No one wants to work surrounded by walls, so ditch any ideas about rows of rigid cubicles and instead think about installing pods in your office. These are soundproofed, self-contained spaces that accommodate one or two, or maybe a few more, workers on a non-permanent basis. When you need to complete a task in private or conduct a private one-to-one meeting, simply hop in the pod. The beauty of them is that they are flexible in their configuration and can be moved around, so you aren’t stuck with a fixed design.
For team working, you will need to invest in open zones as well, where co-workers feel comfortable exchanging ideas and joining up on projects. Remember that big, bulky individual desks are a thing of the past. Try laying out your open-plan office area with tables that seat four to six people, giving employees a real sense of shared space and collaboration. Let space flow between these areas, giving your employees the understanding that they are free to move between and join different areas.
Chill out and relaxation zones
These are perfect for a break from work or for informal meetings. These spaces should suggest, comfort, ease and a feeling of relaxation, so think about adding sofas and comfy chairs, or maybe a kitchen area or drinks machine to encourage your workforce to take time out, and so increase their overall productivity.
A natural environment
Nowadays, we are all well aware of the benefits of bringing nature into the office. When you’re designing a space, think about how you can maximise natural light and minimise obstructions such as light-blocking blinds or curtains. There are a whole range of alternatives out there for etched or patterned glass to promote privacy and separation that allow natural light to flood your workplace and boost its feel-good factor.
Greenery immediately gives your workspace an appealing, cared-for and homely look, cleaning the air and stimulating creativity. Add hardy indoor plants such as the peace lily (spathiphyllum), mother-in-law’s tongue (sansevieria) or yucca (yucca elephantipes) which require minimum maintenance, or add an eye-catching display of hanging plants to catch on to the latest trend of vertical gardens.
Customised, responsive spaces for your clients
Particularly if you are in the medical or dental field, giving your clients an enhanced experience in the waiting room is key. The first rule of maximising your space is do your research. What kind of interests do your clients have? If your practice is in a well-heeled area, you may find that your core client group is into health-enhancing activities such as yoga. Why not offer them a stretching area instead of hard seating? You can add to the ambience by playing meditative music and offering herbal teas, fresh fruit and water.
It follows that if your clientele are young females, influenced by style and beauty, you can tailor your space to their needs. Have up-to-date glossy magazines artfully arranged, offer a beauty counter, some bright, appealing spaces perfect for selfies to share on social media (and get you exposure) and elegant mirrors.
Pay attention to tech
This is true for both your employees and clients. None of us can live without connectivity these days, so both groups will appreciate easily accessible free wifi and plenty of charging stations.
For clients attending appointments, you must remember that they are taking valuable time away from work to visit you. Offer them an environment where they can get on with their work while waiting, with quiet areas where they can get their laptop out or make a few calls. This gives the message that you appreciate how important their time is, and are committed to providing what they need.
It’s clear that there’s a lot to think about when it comes to designing a office, medical or dental fitout, and that the old ways are no longer relevant as we move through 2019.
For a tailored fitout matched to your business’ exact needs, get a helping hand from a bespoke office design company that mirrors the unique character of your business and creates an inviting environment designed for success.
As one of Australia’s leading fitout companies, Dentec Design Fitout Service will guide you along every step of the way, from initial planning, sourcing equipment and providing a holistic, tailor-made solution to your individual needs. Contact us today to find out how we can support your business goals by providing an attractive, customised environment perfect for your needs.