On 1850 Thoughts, we focus on office design trends of the present, as new features, ideas and trends are introduced to the office design world. Whether it’s the open-plan debate and use of materials in design, or workforce behaviours and factors effecting productivity, we like to keep you in the loop.

But, what about the future of office design?  Let’s take a look at some predictions on what’s to come in workforces of the future.

Technology

As we’ve previously discussed, technology is constantly evolving, improving and advancing, in a bid to ultimately make our lives easier. In the office, technology is used every day and has come a long way from the fax machines of the 1980s.

Artificial Intelligence - with devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home already on the rise in people’s home life - is likely to become more prominent in the workplace. As AI advances, it could replace the jobs of receptionists and personal assistants, making the workplace arguably run by robots.

But would a robot-run workplace be beneficial? ‘Replacing’ people’s jobs will technically take away job opportunities for individuals; however this could make way for the opportunity for these individuals to find a new career path.  The increase of AI technology would be expected to make life simpler, quicker and more efficient.

Sustainability

The message of 'Going Green' is portrayed loud, proud and more than ever across the globe, with the problems of climate change and global warming becoming more and more known. While many efforts are being made in all aspects of life to reduce carbon footprints, it’s predicted that ways to be sustainable will advance and be on the rise as time goes on. 

All elements of an office building – furniture, walls, d├ęcor etc. – are likely to be made from reusable or recycled materials. Energy efficiency is constantly on the rise too, with the use of solar and wind power being used in a wide range of industries.

Atmosphere and Design

With the increased popularity of remote and flexible working, it’s likely we’ll see offices become less formal workspaces and more ‘like home’ to suit this new way of working, but still adapting it into an office environment.

Lounges, the ‘third-place’ and casual, communal areas are expected to dominate offices of the future, even more so than they currently are. Ultimately, choice and comfort will be what leads design, to suit workers’ preferences to work productively.

What do you think the offices of the future will be like?


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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