Top 6 WORK ENVIRONMENT TRENDS IN 2018
Health, wellbeing and sustainability are important themes in 2018. Landlords and letting agencies are facing challenges to meet the ever more ambitious expectations of their tenants. It is therefore not surprising that investing in the workplace is no longer seen as an extra cost but as an opportunity for a decent return. By more attention to the quality of air, light, sound and temperature in the office building, investors can add value to their commercial real estate that is attractive for tenants.
What are the trends in 2018 in the field of real-estate and office interior design?
1. Natural materials
The modern working environment has healthy finishes with natural materials. When they are integrated in the space, raw materials like wood, stone, marble or copper add immediately a touch of warmth and character. Natural materials bring us closer to nature and promote a healthier work environment.
Several studies prove that plants can have a big impact on the indoor climate in an office environment, and to achieve a positive effect one plant per 12 m2 is sufficient to get performance improvements. Several studies have shown that nature has a positive effect on the welfare and productivity in the Office. Not having green fingers is now not good excuse anymore. Various companies offer their services to maintain plants, hire or even leasing.
A green wall, large planters, plant moss walls, screens and even micro-gardens where staff can grow vegetables are possible. The hype word in workplace interior design these days is Biophilic design.
3. Flexible open-plan offices
Open plan offices are intended to encourage collaboration: shared spaces promote team-building mentality, that in turn will lead to increased productivity. By way of their openness these offices are more flexible and future-proof. Open offices are equipped with many features including flexible workspaces, shared offices, informal meeting pods and breakout areas. Agile working with the application of iOtSpace, will also be seen more and more. It is important to realise a flexible design and dynamic consultation places. Open plan offices can really not do without sufficient concentration places, or quiet places. See also section 5. below about sound.
Healthy offices have higher fan speeds, lower carbon dioxide levels and also lower levels of other polluting substances. The indoor air quality in office buildings affects both productivity and absenteeism. There are several studies that show insufficient fresh air supply negative affects productivity. The indoor climate was already important but these days it is even more important. Individual arrangements for temperature and air in the workplace are becoming the norm.
And with sound we mean acoustics. Healthy offices use materials that reduce noise and offer quiet rooms to work.
Sound in the office environment turns out to have a major impact on productivity. The office concept (open office or cell office) plays an important role in whether there is disruptive background noise is audible on the workplace. Acoustics now plays an important role in the office design with elements such as acoustic panels, partitions and ceilings.
6. Smart techniques
Advanced technology will be increasingly used, in fact: you can not live without it. For instance automation systems that enable users to operate HVAC and lighting. The Edge in Glasgow is an example of this. The Edge is the first building that uses the Philips connected Ethernet-powered LED lighting system. That offers employees the possibility to regulate climate and light of their individual workplace through an application on their smartphone. This innovative technology not only saves energy costs, but also provides information about how the building is used to increase efficiency.
Also Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming popular. Internet of Things is a network of physical devices acting through embedded technology that are able to communicate and interact with their environment. Example: with IoT all parameters measured that may affect the health and well-being of the employee. With this information settings can be adjusted and the office environment continuously improved.
Conclusion and trends for 2018
The office and the working environment have a positive influence on the performance of the people who work there, if indoor environmental conditions in terms of air, light, sound and temperature are good. Healthy offices have a varied selection of workspaces to choose from, with spacious meeting rooms and quiet places. Breakout zones with sofas, or table tennis table or snoopker to promote active movement of employees within the office.
Healthy offices have a wide variety of plants within the space and views to the outside. Have colors, textures and materials that invite, soothe and nurture creativity and productivity. Healthy offices also have access to public transport, bike facilities, parking and showers, and a range of healthy food choices.
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