What Will The Office Of The Future Look Like?

26 January 2017

It’s no secret that there have been significant changes in work styles in recent years. In order for businesses to thrive, companies need to ensure their workplaces support these shifts.

And this has got us, and many others, questioning what the office might look like in the future.

As we were searching for our crystal balls, we came across The Future Workplace report by Raconteur. Taking technology, working styles and a greater emphasis on employee health and wellbeing into account, Raconteur believes these could be the key features of office design in the future…

Biophilic design

As EarthTalk.org explains, biophilic design incorporates natural light, natural materials, vegetation and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment.

To combat stress and improve creativity, biophilic design seems likely to be a major component of the office of the future.

According to The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace report, employees working in environments that feature elements such as natural light and live plants report a 15% higher level of wellbeing and are 6% more productive and 15% more creative.

Creative spaces

The theme of alleviating stress and enhancing creativity will lead to the incorporation of creative spaces.

Raconteur believes this will come in the form of ‘Google office’ quirks, such as experimentation with break-out areas, as well as developing spaces that incorporate a variety of working styles.

Open all hours

Not only do more employees want flexible working options, but last year a study by Dr Paul Kelley of Oxford University revealed nine-to-five working hours are actually out of sync with human biology.

According to ITProPortal, 75% of companies across the globe offer flexible working policies and this is set to increase. And it’s hardly surprising as companies implementing flexible working say productivity has increased by 83% on average.

This may see some businesses change the hours their offices are open to ensure staff can work when it suits them.

Technology first

Property consultancy firm JLL predicts that 80% of the world’s adult population will have a smartphone by 2020, while over 50% of internet traffic could come from Internet of Things (IoT) sensors by 2025. By this time, the virtual and augmented reality markets are expected to be the size of today’s PC industry.

The office of the future, therefore, needs to be designed with VR, 3D printing, AI and IoT sensors in mind so these new technologies can seamlessly integrate with day-to-day working practices.

If you want to get your office space future-ready, talk to the team at Kerr today…


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