3 Elements that Separate Old School from Future-Focused Office Design

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Image of young businessman standing with back opening door-1-237346-edited.jpegThere is nothing wrong with having a fondness for the classics. For example, some of the greatest music, literature and art that many people around the world enjoy today was created centuries ago. And in a somewhat more practical and down-to-earth way, a number of organizations are embracing a more conventional or classic approach to things like workplace attire (i.e. “business casual” is tilting more towards business, and less towards casual).

However, there is a big difference between classic and old school — especially when it comes to office design. Indeed, employees and customers/clients can instantly detect when the work environment is faded, dated, and has long-since passed its “best before” date. Yes, it may have been state-of-the-art and modern at one point. But that point was years — or more likely decades ago! 

On the other end of the spectrum is future-focused office design. Now, this does not mean that the work environment looks like the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, or something that a Jedi would find familiar. Future-focused office design is a strategic approach that helps keep an environment functional and fresh on a changing business landscape; since the question is not whether today’s office design configuration and paradigm will shift and evolve, but when.

With this in mind, here are 3 core elements that separate tired and dated old school office design, from fresh and progressive future-focused office design:

1. Smart Space Utilization

Future-focused office design is rooted in smart space utilization. This means that instead of implementing a conventional layout and figuring out the best way to use it (i.e. where people and assets should be deployed), organizations are taking a step back and saying: what layout enables us get the most value from our people, and the biggest ROI from our investment?   

2. Leveraging Natural Light 

Office design that allows for more natural light to illuminate the environment is win on four levels. First, several studies (such as this one) have shown that natural light boosts employee energy levels, and can also promote health and wellness; especially in parts of the country where Seasonal Affection Disorder (SAD) is a major problem during the winter months. Second, natural light beautifies a space in a way that artificial light cannot. Third, natural light helps reduce utility costs. And fourth, it reduces environmental impact.

3. Multi-Purpose Spaces

Many organizations are adopting agile businesses processes, so they can rapidly respond to changing needs, shifting priorities, and so on. In the same light, they are implementing multi-purpose spaces that, in a matter of minutes, can be reconfigured to suit different needs — such as running a training workshop, delivering a presentation, holding a stand-up meeting, and so on. Obviously, using lightweight and modular furniture is a core part of this strategy.

The Bottom Line

To learn more about ensuring that your office design is poised for future evolution and growth, and sends the message to employees and customers/clients that your best days are ahead vs. behind, then contact the Key Interiors team today. Your consultation with us is free.

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