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What are the Biggest Office Design Trends Predicted for 2019?

Office design continues to play a pivotal role in the success of a business, helping to optimize everything from workflow processes and team collaboration to employee wellness and talent retention. Here are the biggest design trends and modern office ideas to watch for in the New Year.

  • Experience-driven spaces: We’ve already seen a lot of this in 2018, but it’s definitely a trend that’s growth in strength and becoming more accessible to smaller and medium-sized businesses. It’s all about incorporating functional amenities into your space that boost wellness, happiness and engagement, and can include gardens, meditation and massage space, espresso bars and rock climbing walls. The key here is that these spaces are open to everyone, from interns right up to C-suite executives.
  • Co-habitation spaces: This trend is about taking collaboration to the next level by bringing companies together to innovate – not just teams and departments. This allows companies to bring the walls down – literally – and share the same space, talent and resources. This is ideal for creative and innovative industries, as it fosters collaboration and flexibility as well as resource efficiency.
  • Recycling and upcycling: An “old meets new” trend, recycling and upcycling is as much about creating a green and sustainable place as it is about the natural cycles of fashion. Whether it’s injecting new life into an outdated warehouse space or using antiques to make a reception area statement, this trend is all about bringing character to cutting-edge, high-tech design.
  • Biophilic design: We’ve written a lot about biophilic design over the last year and it’s definitely a trend that’s getting bigger in 2019. The benefits of bringing nature into the workplace are well-documented and there are so many creative ways of achieving this, whether it’s through living green walls, natural colors and textures or even by maximizing natural light throughout your space, so it’s a trend that almost any office space can benefit from and make their own.

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Green Buildings – More Beneficial than Simply Cutting Energy Costs

Going Green is a trend that’s set to continue push the boundaries for office design for decades into the future, and for many companies the primary driver for achieving environmentally-friendly goals is to reduce energy consumption. With office buildings accounting for 19% of all commercial energy consumption, with the typical office building using 1.4 billion British thermal units (Btu) per year according to the US Energy Information Administration, it’s not hard to see why businesses are driven to lower their utilities costs. However, a recent Harvard University study has shown that there are actually even far greater benefits to the green office building trend.

This study looked at a set of green-certified (LEED) buildings in 6 different countries (USA, India, China, Germany, Turkey and Brazil) over a period of 16 years with impressive results – they identified over $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits!

The findings showed that globally, these projects saved billions in energy costs while also avoiding the release of 33,000 kilotons of CO2 into the atmosphere – the same amount that would be produced by 7.1 million passenger cars on the road for one year. This translates into $4.4 billion in public health benefits, including fewer deaths, hospitalizations and reduced respiratory conditions like asthma. As part of the total figure, $1.4 billion in climate benefits was also calculated as a result of reduced CO2, methane and nitrous oxide – dangerous greenhouse gasses.

It’s important to remember that these benefits are in addition to the $7.5 billion these building saved in terms of energy costs. LEED buildings, like those that were studied, form just one-third of all green-certified buildings in the world and perform at one of the highest standard set for eco-friendly buildings. The impact of the buildings that formed part of the study also varied from country to county, with the buildings located in China and India topping the list by creating around $10 in health and climate benefits for each dollar of energy savings.

One of the greatest features of these buildings and this trend is that the technology and processes they use don’t just bring health, productivity and wellness benefits to those who work within them, but the country and world as a whole.

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Studies Show the Benefits of Flexible Working

A new study by the Flex+Strategy Group (FSG) has demonstrated the impressive effectiveness of flexible working for companies and employees. Flexible work hours, work locations and how people work actively leads to increased innovation, improved communication, quality creative thinking, improved engagement and increased productivity.

How Many Companies in the USA are Embracing a Flexible Work Culture? 

Studies like the one mentioned above have started making the move from “interesting” to “implementation”, with more than one-third of full-time employees in the USA fulfilling the majority of their work obligations from a remote location. Almost 98% of the surveyed employees reported that they had at least some form of flexible working arrangement.

What are Employees Reporting About Flexible Working? 

45% of flexible workers feel that a flexible work culture increases their ability to communicate with colleagues in a way that is effective and boosts innovation and creativity, while only 5% reported a decrease with the rest remaining constant. 60% felt that they were more engaged and productive, with just 4% saying they felt less engaged and productive.

Technology and Training to Support Workplace Flexibility 

Two of the most important aspects to take note of in the study are the roles of technology and training. 76% of the study’s group said workplace technology had made flexible working much easier to accomplish, especially in terms of communicating and collaborating with their team. One weak spot, however, is that 57% of the group had received no training or guidance on how to maintain and manage their work flexibility. This made a significant impact on the results, with the policies having a far greater impact on productivity and communication on those that did receive training than those who received no training in this area.

Modern Office Design Ideas to Create a Productive and Engaged Workplace 

Even in a flexible work environment, companies need an office space to form a foundation and base to their business – and that’s where our modern office ideas come in. BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and design needs. We can assist you with everything from designing and fitting out contemporary office interiors to supplying movable walls and classic corporate furniture. As a green company, we also offer furniture recycling. For more information on the latest modern office design ideas and corporate office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Inside An Office Designed By Artificial Intelligence

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, has been the realm of science fiction for decades – and it’s making its way into our homes and workplaces. From Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, we’re slowly getting used to the idea of technology that’s intuitive and integrated with our daily lives. In an interesting new step, AI is now being used to design workplaces like the offices of AutoDesk. So, what are the results?

This company is the first place you’d expect to use AI to design an office – it’s the 16,000-square foot Toronto office of software giants who work on large-scale architecture, engineering and construction projects, after all. Each aspect of this workspace design – right down to the placement of plants – is determined and planned out by AI.

The reason for using AI was not only because it was an interesting challenge, but because the company believed this was the best way to create a space that would satisfy the most employees. This led to a system of generative design, where software is able to take in huge amounts of data, from cost, leadership/management style preferences and performance dynamics all the way to lighting preferences, who likes sitting next to whom, open plan vs cubicle preferences, and much more. This mix of data from every employee as well as design specialists resulted in the creation of a design that would deliver the highest satisfaction score.

The final design has a very unique character and shifts from department to department. For example, the two-floor office space is split with the ground floor being presentation space and the upper floor consisting of different neighborhoods. Different staff departments have their own unique neighborhood that incorporates their preferences – the 3D software design team has an open, collaborative space, while the research department has pod-like office spaces integrated with the tech rig they work on. Even the desks were chosen though the AI software, which indicated that employees preferred a warm, wood-grained option.

So, will more businesses take the AI route when it comes to designing their workplace? It’s inclusive and considerate nature certainly shows promise!

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