By Alison Nelson
From new definitions of work-life balance to utilizing more technology, it’s no secret that the incoming workforce is invoking changes throughout businesses everywhere. One change that I find to be particularly interesting is the death of the traditional office layout. Millennials and Generation Z both want to be able to move around throughout the day and as a result, the stationary desk and cubicle are on the decline.
I stumbled upon this article in Forbes by Barnaby Lashbrooke, titled “This Is the Hottest Trend in Office Design Right Now”. The article describes some of the office layouts that companies are changing to in order to attract and retain employees. Open spaces with casual couches, booths, fun chairs, and tables sprinkled throughout allow employees to switch up their seating and are rapidly replacing traditional desks and cubicles.
The goal behind the new design is to encourage creative thinking, increase collaboration, and to create group workspaces. If you switch to an open office layout, it should be noted that this design is not a “one size fits all”. The article states that there should be a variety of areas throughout the office, ranging from social coffeehouse-style areas, to meeting rooms and a few “individual and focus” areas for those who need some extra space to focus on their work or projects.
Overall, the benefits of an open-seating office plan are significant. It can increase communication, help your team bond, encourage creativity, attract new employees, and so much more! Take a look around your workspace, is it time for an update?
Check out the images below for some office space inspiration and be sure to read this Forbes article to learn more about office designs-