2018 office design trends

WATERCOOLER CHAT: 2018 Office Design Trends

2018 office design trends focus on well-being in the workplace. Creating healthier workspaces and fostering workstyles that create healthier choices will sharpen the focus on the human experience at the office. The static workstyle of being tied to a cubicle or a desk is leaving the building. Flexible spaces that focus on the ability to improve the utilization of space for everyone and building a culture that recognizes an individual’s value in the workplace will create a significant impact. This fresh approach is leading to some pretty unconventional workspaces with bolder colors and designs.

2018 Design Trends At Work

These trends are part of a growing shift toward prioritizing not only productivity but vitality. Taking the office space beyond being a place we simply tolerate to becoming a place where we feel re-energized and full of possibility. Creating a user experience for your staff, like the one you create your clients with your brand, is taking center stage. Businesses are putting people first. Other trends that are the most likely to define office life in 2018 include:

  • Human-Centered Design
  • Unconventional Workspaces
  • Diversity of Materials
  • WELL-Certified Design

Human-centered design in the workplace focuses on the right balance of elements that mentally excite and engage, physically comfort and emotionally support busy workers. Adapting the space to fit the human by providing opportunities for collaboration, team building and individual focus within your office design is human-centered design in practice.

2018 office design trends are providing adaptable spaces can elevate your office functionality and will keep even remote employees coming back to the office for those amenities. It keeps everyone connected as a team. Technology has lead to office innovation and will continue to do so. But for all of its mobile connectivity, the face to face human component has been missing. Human-centered design aims to bring that back.

Wellbeing empowers the creation of healthy environments for people to live, work and play, enhancing occupant health and quality of life globally. Accessibility also plays a role in this story. 

Adjustable height desks, adaptive chairs, quiet “library hours” floors, assistive devices are easier to create or attain to make sure all employees can thrive in their environments. The introduction of these items on a B2B level will help larger offices recognize, value, and improve the needs of disabled employees. 

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