Posts tagged “office design”

What are we seeing so far in 2022? 
As we have spoken about before with regards to popular trends and office designs, plants and bringing the outdoors in, more spacing out and spreading out, more homely in look and feel and more social spacing/soft furniture and sofas is the way forward. 
Many articles are suggesting that the need for making people feel comfortable, physically and mentally for a return to the office is key. Perhaps this is why we are seeing a trend for more homely style offices and workspaces as mentioned above. 
For employers and management, you are surely aiming to get your staff and teams back, happy and settled, and therefore creating productivity for the business and a sense of wellbeing for them. And if the office furniture fitted is flexible, for example sit to stand or pods or bench desking and so on, then whether your team is in the office full time or working in a hybrid way, your office space will accommodate such changes. 
According to Facilitate magazine, meeting rooms, breakout areas and outdoor spaces are the most in-demand office workspace features. And according to the poll, three in five (60%) said having meeting rooms on-site was either “very important” or “somewhat important”. This was followed by breakout areas (59%) and outdoor spaces, such as a terrace, garden or balcony (58%). 
With the summer here, the trees and flowers and the skies are providing colours a plenty, but how about the inside of your workplace? Is it white and clinical or is there no recognisable tones or themes to the décor? 
The trend as we know is very much on making the office or workplace more homely to entice workers back in, and to also make hybrid working or full-time office based working more productive. So, to make the atmosphere and surroundings brighter and bolder, what simple things can you do to bring more colour into the workplace? 
In many of our recent blogs and posts, we have talked a lot about and mentioned the changing face of the office and how this face is a friendlier one. Post pandemic, we are seeing a trend from our client enquiries and projects as well as reading pieces from the office interiors world about how employees are wanting and asking for a friendlier office space or working environment. And with talk of 4 day weeks and working from home remaining a thing for some, employers and business owners are needing to respond to this need and want and therefore approaching companies like Sygnus to help make this transformation. It is all about being inclusive and accommodating. 
In our industry of office space planning and office design, some workplaces and offices have always been more traditional in look and style with open planned spaces of bench desks, meeting rooms, reception areas for meeting and greeting and closed, smaller offices for management. There have also always been the more quirky and fun workspaces with bars, dart boards and soft seating. 
There is no right or wrong way to have your office designed, as long as it is fit for purpose, ergonomically sound and safe and that it also matches your company’s ethics and working ethos. But what else do you need to consider? 
“Freedom day” as it has so been called is here, so what does this mean for a return to the office? Will people be going back if they haven’t already, or will it be business as usual or something in between? 
Returning to work? 
More than half (52%) of British people currently working from home say they are ready to return to the office, with the typical office worker wanting to go into the office between two and three days per week, according to a survey for facilities management firm Mitie. More than a third (35%) are concerned their offices are not Covid-secure and 60% think their employer needs to improve the office environment to prevent staff becoming ill in the future. The article for Personnel Today looks at 14 things employees want in their workplace and the list includes more space between workstations, reduced meeting room capacity, reduced office capacity, hand sanitiser everywhere and better ventilation. Read the article in full.  
Agile working is all about creating flexible and functional spaces to work and be productive. The concept behind agile working is that work is an activity we do, rather than a place we go. Do you agree with this? We wrote a blog on this about a year ago. It is about the cohesion of people, tech, processes, surroundings. Research says 36% of employees would prefer agile working over a pay rise. What it isn’t to be confused with is flexible working ... 
“Air quality will impact profits and productivity”. Improving air quality is not just the right thing to do in terms of public health but will also have a significant impact on business profitability and productivity, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). “The pandemic has thrust the issue of indoor air quality (IAQ) into the spotlight, and this is an opportunity to change things for the long-term good of the country and the economy.” 
Further to this, a poll has highlighted that contact with other people, for example, when social distancing is breached, remains the most concerning route for transmission, cited by half the population. More than one in four (26%) of Britons are worried about airborne transmission, according to research by services group, Rentokil Initial. 
The word hybrid suggests a crossover of things or a mixture of things and in the case of the workplace and the current pandemic, it refers to how we may be working. Will we be all from home? Will we all be back in the office or workplace? Or will, as some are suggesting and also pushing for, be working in a hybrid fashion of part home and part office? Known as hybrid working. 
So what might a hybrid workplace look like? 
Some time back, around 70% of office or office space were open plan. Is yours? Was yours? 
Could the return to the office see more open plan spaces or could it see closed off sections with doors, screens and other layout options? ... 
In today’s ever changing working world, being ready could mean almost anything. In our world and the world of office interiors and furniture, it means getting ready for the year ahead in terms of our space, our safety, and our surroundings. 
Some of you may be already back in the office. Some may be part office and part home based. Some may be permanently home based now. But there will be a lot of businesses like yours get ready to make some kind of a significant return in the new year, after the festive break. 
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