Today’s offices are far more exciting than the dull, soul-wrenching cubicles featured in 90’s films. It’s no longer about cramming in as many people as possible.
Office space is now a strategic device – one that boosts your bottom line, improves productivity and retains your talent. Workspaces feature zen rooms, breakout spaces and artisan coffee spots. They’re highly insta-worthy, retaining both substance and style with the benefits of biophilic design.
Considering this paradigm shift in what we expect from workplaces, and with the new year just around the corner, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into the future of London’s office landscape. We asked the Flexible Office Solutions team what 2020 workplace trends they saw emerging. Here’s what they said.
Francesca Cooper-Isow, Senior Surveyor, says offices aren’t just focusing on glass partitions and unique breakout areas anymore. They’re now being designed to improve your wellbeing. Francesca’s seen health and happiness boosting features include plants, yoga sessions, purified air, nutritious snacks and even sleep pods for when the afternoon slump hits.
As you can imagine, these perks reduce stress, increase productivity and reduce sickness absences. UK charity Mind says that incorporating nature indoors can also improve confidence and boost self-esteem.
More and more offices are offering wellness rooms, and while these are great spaces for taking a quiet break, they have actually been beneficial to new mothers needing to breastfeed.
according to Caspar Moran, Senior Surveyor. run and how an office space is designedWorkplaces are expected to boost their sustainability efforts – both through how an office space is
In terms of office design, Caspar predicts you’ll see an influx of sustainable materials like bamboo and recycled or reclaimed furniture. In terms of how a space is run, he says this could be through partnerships with cycle to work schemes, eco-friendly ways to dispose of rubbish, water-saving bathroom fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, environmentally friendly cleaning products and seasonal food offerings.
Considering the climate crisis we’re facing, sustainability has become less of a buzzword and more of a necessity. That’s why workplaces are recognising their social responsibility.
Jack McGinley, Senior Surveyor, predicts the benefits of coworking will continue to lure in large corporates. This means that larger teams – or even entire businesses – could be placed in highly engaging, amenity-heavy spaces in a bid to attract and retain top talent.
Jack also thinks big businesses will up their search for satellite, project and overflow space. He’s already seen some of the main office providers in London building larger and more private spaces that offer a better fit for bigger teams on longer terms.
In our 2018 trend report (Y)OUR SPACE, we interviewed senior executives at 120 global companies, and 44% said that flexible space will make up a fifth of their office space in the next three years, while 16% predicted half of their workspace will be flexible within three years.
If bigger businesses do move to flexible office spaces, it might mean that fewer companies will fill out entire coworking centres and leave less space for startups and SMEs.
Both Amanda Lim, Head of Flexible Office Solutions and Steven Lydon, Agent, think that medium-sized businesses will lean towards managed offices, especially those looking to attract new talent.
According to Amanda, managed offices are blank canvases. They allow you to create a customised office from scratch, exactly the way you want it (see our office space jargon buster).
Managed offices tend to suit businesses who are looking for more privacy than coworking spaces, but less admin than traditional offices. Steven believes that for businesses who want their office to be totally on-brand, the ability to design, fit and create an office space (while maintaining flexibility in term length) can be really appealing.
Managed offices allow companies to create a unique and culture-conscious workspace that can help attract top talent and promote wellbeing - all in a way that’s truly their own.
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