Planning to Fail? Why You Shouldn’t Fail to Plan for Future Workplace Trends
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As technological advances become more widely adopted, trends involving the way that people think, communicate, and shop have changed dramatically. Not surprisingly, employee work patterns and even workplace environments are evolving to include trends of the future as well. Businesses that don’t heed the advice of the great Benjamin Franklin can expect to fall short of the demands that will support the flexibility, collaboration, and innovative productivity essential to success today. Is your company planning to fail by failing to plan for future workplace trends?
1. Happy Employees = Happy Companies
As the job market in our on-demand economy continues to grow and the need to fill openings with qualified candidates gets more competitive, job seekers and employees will have more leverage, and employers will continue to invest in improving their workspaces and more importantly, the workplace environment. In a recent study, 83% of HR departments determined that “employee experience” was either “important or very important” to the success of their organization. Younger generations of employees will also continue to influence office design. Millennials, for example, want their careers to provide a sense of purpose and a contribution to the greater good, so future workplace trends will lean toward design that can embody those goals and visually represent them in the spaces.
2. Fund Flexibility
A recent research paper authored by Teknion in collaboration with design expert Joan Blumenfeld determined that the workplace is “ripe for reinvention,” suggesting that “Workspaces should flex to provide a variety of spaces and destinations for workers to inhabit that promote movement throughout the day.” Futurist and founder of Unwork.com, Philip Ross, concurs, stating that the ‘one person, one desk’ model will give way to a more fluid workplace that responds to the work it needs to accommodate. A workplace trend of the future will definitely continue to involve the use of modular components that can offer a more dynamic and collaborative workspace.
3. Welcome Wellness
A future workplace trend that seems to have been decades in the making is the importance of workplace wellness. Not only are building standard certifications like LEED and WELL important in terms of protecting employee health, but companies are beginning to bank on the implementation of people-centric design and investing in critical employee wellness benefits. Many studies prove the psychological and physiological benefits of exposure to nature, so many designers are finding ways to include stress-reducing, health-promoting elements like natural lighting, plants, water features, and ergonomic furnishings for employees. Also, offering wellness benefits has been shown to attract top talent, lower absenteeism, and to ultimately save on healthcare costs. Many companies now include benefits like gym memberships, on site yoga or meditation classes, lounge and relaxation areas, and flexible work schedules and stations.
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At Beaux Arts Group, our professionals provide guidance for complex workplace challenges like corporate identity, generational differences, ergonomics, technology and more. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help create fluid areas that can meet your company’s needs of today and those of tomorrow.