Companies all over the country are revamping their business’s interiors to match the wants and needs of current talent demographics. With more inter-office technology surfacing every day, and young adults’ varying preferences changing drastically, workplaces are transforming to become a host of transitional and collaborative areas. After years of seeing grey cubes, white walls and fluorescent lighting, we are now seeing flexibility, color, and wellness rooms. We can’t help but ask the question, “Why?”.
In this article I will discuss some of these reasons and some of the effective ways companies adhere to these new values.
We can briefly answer the “why?” in one word: competition. As new talented professionals enter the workforce (most wanting to feel like they are part of something special – a millennial trait) companies are tasked with getting away from the monotony of the past and offering an office that feels more like a coffee shop than a work space. Successful companies hire successful employees and the need to feel like “more than just a cog in a machine” is a growing notion in this burgeoning workforce. In order to be competitive and attract the top talent, companies must appeal to this need and create an environment that the employee can be proud of.
Addressing how different companies are adjusting to these new desires is a bit trickier as each company, office, city, and industry are different. A couple things seem to remain true for most offices universally, however. As we use technology more and more throughout our day, our work places must start adapting:
- Ergonomics have become a growing industry in the field of design considering the health effects of a fixed environment. Research done in relation to the health and wellness of a person spending so much time in a stationary position has created the response of innovative products that support the human body. As people are spending more time behind a computer, we are recognizing more ailments and issues coming from this work style. In order to combat these issues and create a comfortable setting for employees, we consider the needs of the client and how they work.
- Lighting is another universal adjustment in most offices. We are seeing a shift away from fluorescents and closed off spaces and are seeing more and more natural lighting flood new office settings. In older buildings and renovations, fluorescents are getting replaced by LED lighting and even solar tubes in some cases! Solar tubes take in sunlight and direct it into hard to reach nooks within hidden or tucked away rooms. As new lighting technology emerges, Interior Designers take notice and make sure we are offering our clients the most efficient composition.
Along with these two primary changes are a multitude of new trends. We are seeing fewer cubes segmenting employees and instead, creating more collaborative areas. Walls are becoming vibrant and an eco-friendly office is the new “sexy”, in corporate settings. As the modern work space becomes more reminiscent of the coffee shop people long to work in, employees feel more free, comfortable and at ease which had been proven to not only attract fresh new talent, but increase productivity.
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