Experts discuss what the future of office spaces will look like
“I think we can agree that 50 years ago office design had a very different feel and feel to workplaces today. From Google desktop slides to the sleep module in Silicon Valley startups, the features sought in today’s workspaces are things people of the past would never have dreamed of.
One of the most important things that have changed [are] the use of cubicles and the move to shared offices. With this increase in remote working and the recent and rapid acceptance of its usefulness, we have seen a huge pivot towards hotdesking. Hotdesking is an office operating method that allows you to have a certain number of offices in the space. These are then shared by employees, visitors and others. There is no specific office assignment unless it is needed, so people can come and go and use any office as they please at any time. This is also very useful from a business standpoint as you have a smaller office space and less desks because not everyone in the company will be in the office at the same time. So you don’t have to pay for a bigger desk and you won’t have to buy so much furniture.
Something that we have also seen a lot more is the level of sustainability and environmental awareness. This is obviously fantastic because we have to protect and take care of the world we live in and therefore, by trying to be as sustainable as possible and reduce the impact of your office on the world, you are helping to do just that. . So whether you make sure your toilet has PIR activated lighting so that it is turned off after someone has left rather than staying on all day or choosing to buy eco-friendly furniture. environment, these are all things that will help you. Fifty years ago, this stuff wasn’t even a common consideration, and so no one really considered trying to improve the environment or reduce their impact on it. It’s a much appreciated change over the past 50 years and something we should be proud of, even though we have a long way to go.
I think in the next 50 years we will see a few things change and hopefully for the better. For example, I think we’ll see more of a shift towards employee wellness spaces at all levels. With that, I mean more and more people will be looking for an office that has a chill out space to relax whenever an employee really needs it. This will obviously require a level of trust between employees and managers, as there are those who would be happy to relax all day rather than work. However, there will be those who can act responsibly and only use it when they really need it. The idea is that your employees will be more efficient and perform well because they can take the time out of their day to distract themselves from something stressful. This is often the best time to find a solution to a problem because you are more likely to think clearly.
Another thing that I really can’t wait to see [is] advancing technology. I like the idea of having wireless charging laptops all over the office. It goes very well with the idea that we can create wireless charger desks. With that, we would see that wireless chargers are built and integrated into the desktop for seamless connectivity. This would help achieve a minimalist design, but would also help employees who are doing hot desking. This means they don’t have to take a charger out of their bags – they can just place their laptop on the desk and get to work. Whether you can use this kind of setup to connect to a server or send documents easily is something we look forward to, but this kind of progression is something we look forward to.“