The office renovation business is a million-dollar business. This is because so many companies redesign their offices each year to better suit their organizations and employees. There are many new design trends emerging today that are worth considering.
Businesses today want their workspace and its office furniture to reflect their company and its culture. There are many unique ways in which this can be done today. For instance, Sleep Number has their offices in downtown Minneapolis and throughout this office space they’ve incorporated their company’s emblem – on the walls, ceiling, and even on the tables where they’ve placed Sleep Number settings.
Some of today’s companies have chosen to do away with receptionists, replacing them with technology that directs guests to where they need to go. This allows for a more informal entryway too, which they’ve found their customers like since about 75% of them don’t need a personal greeting anyway. As such, receptionists have become a waste of time and energy for companies like Hopkins. They now have an entry lounge with a coffee bar and digital kiosk instead of a receptionist.
More Agile Space
Many companies are now prioritizing adaptable space, reducing the amount of square footage they’ve dedicated to each employee. This works today because employees are becoming more nomadic. This is why many offices are being designed so you can rearrange office furniture, walls, and partitions. Agile workplaces are a sign of the time. Today they’re adapting to how people work best – something that’s continually evolving.
Offices are growing more open, but since sound carries, audio privacy has also become a concern. This is why the “private call room” with sound-dampening materials is important. To manage this issue Gardner Builders in Minneapolis recently renovated their offices to include cubicles that are wrapped in acoustic foam.
Designing with Millennials in Mind
Offices are now designed for the millennial employee (those born between 1981 – 1996), but since this is already being accomplished, many designers are now shifting towards interpreting how the younger Gen Z will use their workspace. This generation is seen as being more realistic, oriented toward social change, integrating technology, and they’re also interested in on-demand learning. While these aren’t yet the people who are making decisions, hey eventually will be and preparing everything from the workplace to the office furniture for this is important.
Engaging Your Employees
Companies are now looking at their employees and how they function and work to determine what types of designs they want to incorporate throughout the workplace. Prime Therapeutics in Eagan, Minesota is a prime example of this. Before redesigning their workplace, they hired external consultants to look at their previous office and determine how much square footage each person was using and how much they should pay for such space. To do this, they interviewed the employees and watched them at work. In doing so they found that 60% of the time desks were empty as employees preferred office furniture in shared spaces. Information like this helped them create accommodating spaces.
When you’re ready to redesign your workplace and its office furniture, consider working with Education Resource Partners. Over the years they’ve helped many businesses create successful workplaces. Yours should be next.
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