Office trends - The new generation of offices
New ways of working in the office are very much upon us, but recent research states that ‘by 2020, over 50% of the workforce are expected to be Generation Y members who have grown up connected, collaborative and mobile’.
Businesses in different regions and sectors move at different paces, but already there is a general trend towards more collaborative workspaces and mobile working; individual offices with large corner desks have their place in history but are not common in current office layouts. Instead, open plan offices with shared bench style workstations offer a more efficient use of space, promote team working and collaboration with colleagues, and offer financial savings both in terms of initial investment and ongoing overheads. We took a look at the benefits of bench desks back in November, read the article here
To attract the best Generation Y employees (born in the 80’s and 90’s), and retain them, your offices should be as up to date and engaging as possible. If you are considering a refurbishment or office move it’s well worth doing your research now to protect against future changes and trends that may require further investment.
Karris are able to offer advice and recommendations for layouts and products that promote a modern style of working, whilst retaining an element of the more traditional office for those less enthusiastic about change. With desks getting smaller and breakout and meeting spaces becoming a more integral part of every office, there are some key considerations to make that tie an office space together and make it work for both the employer and employee.
The next few news articles will be looking at products aimed specifically at targeting the newest generation of office workers. In the mean time, please take a look at some of our case studies and get in touch if you would like to discuss your own project. Inspire me…..