The world today is more and more mobile. We’ve all become increasingly comfortable with handling things on the go and staying constantly connected. Millennials in Philadelphia want a more casual, individualized approach to work, traditional offices are becoming less important, and face-to-face collaboration is in demand. The office furniture we use will have to change to keep up.
Is it time to remodel or upgrade your office furniture with an eye toward forward-thinking designs? Or maybe you’re under pressure to create a contemporary, stylish and flexible workspace for a brand new business? Here are a few of the trends you can expect to see emerging this year.
Experts have found that brighter colors can stimulate productivity and creativity. Consequently, many companies are doing away with drab gray, black, and white color schemes and bringing in reds, greens and oranges.
More natural light
Studies show that people who have access to windows and natural light are calmer and less stressed. Companies are creating more open space with as much natural light as possible to keep employees happy and productive.
Because we do so much multi-tasking, we want the ability to move from one environment to another to chill out without leaving the building. Workers are asking for standing desks, sofas, and other less formal styles of seating that can be rearranged at a moment’s noticed to accommodate collaboration and consultation. Wheeled tables and desks have also gained popularity.
Some designers visualize office furniture that includes more tech, such as multiple charging ports for all of our devices, better wire and cable organization, and improved multimedia technologies in meeting rooms.
Open space will continue overtaking high-walled cubicles and workstations. Single long tables that seat three or four people have grown in popularity, with individual lamps, computers, and chairs set up every 5 to 10 feet for people to spread out and confer.
“Natural” offices are trending. They incorporate eco-friendly fabrics and materials, light colored sustainable woods, more use of stonework, and nature-inspired green and blue colors. This may also provide workers with a more soothing environment.
Personal workstations are getting smaller, primarily because we use less paper and our technology takes up less space. We can tolerate smaller work spaces thanks to flat-screen monitors and our ability to store documents on the computer.
Good posture is the key. Businesses are investing in adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs to keep workers at their desks without injury or chronic pain.
It’s not unusual today to see big IT companies, such as Google and Microsoft, competing for the most creative office environment. Some employees are holding meetings in cable cars and others are enjoying staff pantries on every floor. You can tone it down a bit, but you may want to consider some of the trends we described above to set your office and workforce up for the future.
You can find all the office furniture you need to fit your space and specifications (well, maybe not cable cars) near Philadelphia at EthoSource Office Furniture in Morgantown, PA. Their 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse is loaded with new, used and refurbished products from all of the high-end manufacturers, including Steelcase, Knoll, Hon, Haworth and Herman Miller Ethospace.