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Office Design Trends That Are Taking Off In 2018!

The New Year is about fresh starts and embracing new innovations, and our workplaces are no exception! Here are some of the latest trends that are making splash in the world of office design this year.

  • Unconventional workspaces: There’s a strong global trend to think outside the rules and ideas of a traditional office and make spaces more creative, inspiring and functional. Casual meeting rooms, collaborative spaces and breakout areas are common, as are unique features like yoga spaces, wellness areas, outdoor spaces and snack bars.
  • Dynamic spaces: Office square footage is still at a premium in many parts of the country, so companies are increasingly thinking about how to use the space they have for multiple functions. With flexible furniture like sit stand desks, hot desking and movable walls, employees have a wider range of working options – and companies don’t have space sitting idle.
  • The home office space: This encapsulates two trends – firstly, where workplace flexibility is king and employees are encouraged to work from home or outside traditional working hours in accordance with what works best for them. The second part of this trend is making the office feel more like a home – a welcoming, comfortable space where employees feel relaxed as well as productive.
  • Cost-saving and smarter spending: Companies are placing an increasing emphasis not only on saving money, but on spending office budgets more efficiently. Why pay for space and transport for office workers who can work from home? Why pay for individual office cubicles if your employees are more productive in a collaborative space?
  • Wellness: There’s also an increasing trend of making office spaces and policies more conducive to employee health and wellness. This can be seen in the increasing demand for adjustable height desks, standing office desks and ergonomic chairs, as well as preference for natural lighting and policies that encourage healthy physical activity and food choices.

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Amazon HQ – When Cities Want Big Business

Amazon is the world’s biggest retailer, so it’s no surprise that cities are clamoring to have the new headquarters located in their own backyard. The giant will bring in over 50,000 jobs, investing $5 billion in the construction project and growing in time to equal the status of the Seattle HQ. Here’s some insight into the bidding war.

Amazon’s requirements 

Only certain cities in the USA and Canada will be able to qualify to make a formal bid, but these restrictions are fairly minimal and include that the city has at least a million residents, an international airport, and a stable, business-friendly environment. These generous terms have led to a huge list of over 238 contenders.

Which cities are leading the fight to be Amazon’s next HQ? 

Major players in the bidding war stretch far and wide, and include:

  • Boston – With its home-grown talent, transit and great real estate.
  • Atlanta – Focusing on its location as an international air transit hub, affordable housing and great weather.
  • Baltimore – With its easy access to New York and Washington, D.C.
  • Denver – Emphasizing strong local economy and quality of life.
  • Nashville – Home of great Millennial talent as one of the USA’s fastest growing cities.
  • Sacramento – Offering to help Amazon hit the ground running with multiple approved sites.
  • Newark – With its offer of $7 billion in tax credits and close links to the Big Apple.
  • Pittsburgh – Home of top talent, low cost of living and tech reinvention.
  • Toronto – International appeal, lower cost of business and a competitive attitude.

Some creative wooing for the retail giant 

Some cities are thinking outside the box to make themselves stand out in this race, resulting in some very creative marketing tactics!

  • New York City lit up major landmarks in Amazon’s signature orange.
  • Tucson delivered a 21-foot cactus to the Seattle HQ, which they delivered to the Desert Museum.
  • The Kansas City mayor wrote 1,000 Amazon reviews filled with great one-liners about the benefits of his city.
  • Birmingham set up giant replicas of Amazon Dash Buttons all over the city and mounted a flirty Twitter campaign.
  • Stonecrest in Georgia went over the top and announced they’d change the name of their town to Amazon!

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How to create a collaborative workspace in your office

Collaborative workspaces are known for positively influencing innovation, productivity and creativity, making communication easier and more effective. Creating a workspace like this means bringing two elements together, namely a culture of collaboration and the physical office environment that supports this. Here’s how the right modern office design and contemporary furniture can help you achieve this.

  • Flexibility: Collaborative office environments have a workspace that incorporates a wide range of features that encourage employees to move around and work where it best suits them. This includes easily re-configurable desks or share work tables, private meeting rooms for client calls and stimulating areas for brainstorming sessions.
  • Good lighting: Closed-in office spaces with harsh artificial lighting are the opposite of what collaborative spaces are all about. Think of ways to maximize natural light through the space with glass partitions, use color for creative stimulation, and go with an open plan design that keeps the office light and airy.
  • Hot desking: This trend is a great one for encouraging collaboration, as it allows employees to work where they want, as they require it without having a designated desk. This makes it easier for different project members to get together without interrupting other people, and facilitates easy communication.
  • Brainstorming space: It’s important to have a designated area for brainstorming that is separate from the rest of the office so that employees can talk openly and with ease. Some companies replace the walls of this space with whiteboards and glass that can be written on directly, others fill their spaces with inspirational items, or games and activities that help employees to relax and re-energize.
  • Acoustics: Because this is an environment that focuses on communication, it’s also important to recognize that noise will be a factor. Art, soft furnishings and acoustic panels can help absorb sound, while glass panel rooms create private areas where employees can work or hold private meetings. Encouraging flextime can also help contribute to noise reduction, ensuring that employees can work from home or pick their hours based on their work requirements.

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A guide to different office cubicle systems

First developed in the 1970s, office cubicle systems are still the most popular means of designing and planning an office space to accommodate a workforce. In fact, they account for around $2.27 billions of office furniture sales in the USA! It’s not difficult to see why they’re so popular – cubicles are affordable, use space efficiently and modular, making them easy to fit into a wide range of spaces and floorplans. So, what types of cubicles are available?

  • Panel-attached cubicles: These are ready-made work areas where the walls are attached directly to work surfaces like filing cabinets, shelving and other customizable features. They can also contain their own power outlets to make installing computers and other electronic hardware easier.
  • Free-standing cubicles: In these models, the cubicle panel stands alone and is not attached to the desk, shelving or cabinets. These are useful for temporary office requirements or where you would like to combine your cubicle walls with existing furniture. They are highly mobile and can be moved much more easily than attached panel cubicles.
  • Acoustic cubicles: These high-end cubicles incorporate noise-reduction materials like cork, foam and fabrics, making them ideal for use in busy office environments, including call centers. These high-privacy cubicles can be panel-attached or free-standing, and are highly durable.
  • Smooth surface cubicles: Models in this range are manufactured from stainless steel, plastic, PVC or vinyl, and are well-known for their durability. They are easy to clean and sleek-looking, giving your space a modern feel.
  • Transparent cubicles: Cubicles are also available in glass or Plexiglas, or with glass or Plexiglas windows. This allows natural light to travel more easily through your office space, and allows for easy monitoring of the workplace environment. They do not have the sound-proofing qualities of acoustic and other padded cubicles.

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What kind of workspace works best

Workspaces aren’t just about having a room and furniture where you can sit down at a computer, they actively affect employee job satisfaction and productivity. This makes creating the right kind of modern office workspace vital to the success of your business. Here’s a useful breakdown of what the most popular options have to offer.

The open-plan office space

This is a very popular option for businesses because it works out to be very cost-effective. Organizations do report better communication, easier supervision and increased collaboration as a result, but in reality, the real gains are in the cheaper construction that requires fewer walls, can accommodate more people and require less servicing (including air conditioner venting etc.).

Generally, these office spaces work well when businesses are looking to enhance teamwork and a great option to incorporate collaborative office furniture.

Private office spaces

These offer the quiet and privacy that many people find optimal to their productivity, but keep in mind that they are very space-intensive to build. In most workplaces, these areas are reserved for upper management positions, but more and more offices are including shared private workspaces where numbers of employees are limited to a smaller number per office, or communal private offices that can be used as and when required by any employee who needs it on a temporary basis, like for a meeting or private client call.

Cubicle office spaces

Big in the 1960 and 70s, these office cubicle spaces are something halfway between an open-plan design and a private office. Unfortunately, noise is still a major concern here and mass cubicle workplaces can have negative psychological effects on employees that can lead to decreased engagement and lower productivity.

Hot desks

Hot-desking is the latest in contemporary office furniture ideas and modern office concepts. Essentially, it’s where employees don’t have a fixed desk from which they work. Rather, they are able to work in a range of workspaces on a first-come-first-served basis. Flexibility is key here, and employers focus on creating a smaller number of different workspaces (like shared desks, lounging areas and private offices) and combine this with remote working (working from home) and flexitime hours to encourage employees to work when and where they feel most productive. This approach creates significant savings for the company, has a positive effect on productivity and works for almost every industry or company size. Check out our adjustable height desks for some hot-desking inspiration.

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