Design is an ever-evolving medium, with new fads and trends emerging on a constant basis and in-depth research being continually carried out all in the name of finding the fabled perfect solution. The more we learn however the more apparent it is becoming that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to getting the best out of your team through effective design. There are however a few constants being utilised throughout the professional world in an effort to improve upon current conditions, and it is these more widespread trends that we will focus on today as we look ahead and speculate as to what exactly 2018 may bring to the table.

Increased Flexibility

Flexible working practices have been on the rise over recent years, and the evidence suggests this is in fact having a highly positive effect on the workforce in terms of happiness, wellbeing, productivity, and staff retention. Increased flexibility is also high on the list of priorities amongst the employees themselves, with Digital Mums reporting that 68% of London-based employees would like more flexible working arrangements. The government seem to recognise this need as well, as the ‘right to request’ law, which allows any and all workers to request flexible hours from their employer, clearly demonstrates.

Flexible working hours do in fact look set to become the norm in most offices - where the industry allows of course - and this is sure to continue throughout 2018 and beyond.

Ever-present Technology

From interconnected devices to management and communications apps to artificial intelligence, technology is steadily invading just about every aspect of office life. This is becoming less of a novel addition and more of an expectation as the workforce becomes accustomed to having access to these often beneficial and time-saving technologies. As such, technology is only likely to become even more ingrained into the very fabric of the office in 2018, taking the some of the strain off pressured workforces and facilitating a more streamlined management process.

Resimmercial Design

A new design trend has emerged as of late which aims to combine elements of home and office design in order to create the perfect middle ground between the two. Tying nicely into the aforementioned flexible working practices, resimmercial design as the concept has become known seeks to create a comfortable, adaptable and inviting environment in which to work, promoting a relaxed and creative atmosphere in the process. By doing so, workers are presented with a variable yet productive environment which allows them to find the best working setup for them as an individual, improving upon both happiness and output as a result. The rise of resimmercial design is often attributed to the influx of millennials now entering the working world, and as a result is unlikely to slow down any time soon.

Health, Wellbeing, and the Inclusion of Natural Elements/Greenery

While such aspects should arguably have always been a priority, health and wellbeing are only recently truly rising to the forefront of the office design industry, and with this increased focus on the wellbeing of the workforce comes a heightened awareness of the beneficial effects of natural elements such as plant-life/greenery and the provision of outdoor spaces. We’ve spoken many-a-time about the countless benefits of greenery, natural light, and fresh air here at 1850 Thoughts and as such I will not simply reiterate again now, but I would recommend you take a look at our previous articles if you require a deeper understanding, as this is one trend that will certainly continue into and well past 2018.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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