October 18, 2022
There seem to be endless stories about the future of work, the hybrid office or workspace and workplaces needing to change to retain and attract top talent.
What does that actually mean? And what does that really look like?
It's true we've moved away from the traditional office and towards a much more hybrid approach. This is driven by many factors including:
With these factors in mind, companies need to rethink how they design their offices and how they create an environment that will attract employees who want the ability to work outside of traditional office hours.
How do you create a hybrid office or workspace in an environment that offers the benefits of both?
One solution is to create a hybrid office space that combines many types of workspaces into one area. This allows employees to move freely between spaces depending on their needs at any given time. These spaces might include:
Conference rooms – Typically used for meetings and discussions but they also provide privacy when needed. In addition, they can be used for impromptu team huddles or brainstorming sessions when needed. They also allow employees to get up from their desks and move around while still being able to participate in meetings electronically if needed.
Satellite desks – These are small pods with a single office desk that can be moved around as needed so employees can work in different areas of the office depending on their needs. These are ideal for employees who need quiet environments to focus or those who prefer to work in teams with others nearby.
Whiteboards – These are a great way to encourage collaboration and brainstorming. They can be used for note taking during meetings or just to visually organize your thoughts. There are many moveable or mobile whiteboard options available too.
Collaboration areas – These are a great way to encourage employees to get up from their desks and move around. These areas may include lounges, benches or couch-like seating and longer office tables. They can be placed in high traffic areas where people will naturally congregate, like near the break room or kitchen.
Huddle spaces – If employers want workers to come into the office instead of working remotely from home or some other location, then it’s important to provide small 2–4-person huddle spaces where employees can meet face-to-face with coworkers or clients for quick discussions about specific issues or projects. An acoustic lounge or privacy booth provides fills this need perfectly.
If you have a small office, consider creating a collaboration space where people can go to get away from their desks. This is especially helpful if your employees are prone to getting distracted by coworkers or outside noise and may need a little privacy.
Some of the best office design ideas are simple, but they can have a big impact on productivity and employee morale. If you’re looking to improve your office space, take some time to think about what features would benefit your business the most.
Consider the space and how it could be used more efficiently. Be sure to consider how people work in your office and adjust your design accordingly.
Even small changes can have a big impact on your employees.
For example, consider installing sit to stand desks and ergonomic chairs. PURE’s showroom features some of the best office chairs of 2022 from popular brands like Herman Miller, Knoll, SitOnIt, Kimball, National, OFS, Global, HON and others. PURE Workplace features a wide range of affordable office chairs to luxury office chairs.
Implementing these changes can help increase productivity and reduce back pain. It’s also a great way to get people moving during the day.
Ready to evolve your workspace? Even if your need is small, contact PURE Workplace at 816.922.6575 or send an email to speak with an experienced teammate get started today.