As modern life evolves, so do innovations in design, and the environments we create to live, work, and play. With the rise of smart home devices and appliances, we’ve seen the impact of technology not only in our places of work, but becoming a staple in our homes, too.
As a Kimball Select Dealer serving six markets in the commercial furniture space, we’ve seen how much the work environment and attitudes around it have changed. Here are some of the most striking evolutions we’re seeing change the landscape of the industry.
Moving Towards a Connected Workforce
Nearly three years after the pandemic started, the great return to the office is well underway with office occupancy crossing over 50% in February 2023. While remote work may become more rarely adopted in the future, the widespread adoption of digital tools and communication platforms is likely to stay.
As a result, workplace design is evolving to accommodate global, connected workforces, using technology to facilitate collaboration and communication. Many companies are now designing office spaces with more open areas, such as lounges, communal spaces, and informal meeting spaces that are equipped with teleconferencing options at the forefront.
Embracing Flexible Workspaces
Another change that technology is driving is the rise of flexible workspaces, meaning employees are no longer bound to their assigned desks, cubicles, or offices.
For example, office spaces are being designed to provide a variety of workspace types, such as hot desks, private offices, and collaborative spaces.
We’ve also seen a number of organizations leaning into glass wall systems—these allow for flexible areas that also provide a polished, naturally-lit environment that can help employees stay focused and inspired.
The Rise of Modular Design
The use of technology is also influencing the design of commercial furniture. One emerging trend in commercial furniture is the use of modular furniture, or furniture collections that can be customized by the person’s specific duties or the nature of their work.
Not only is it highly convenient, but it’s cost-effective. Modular furniture is designed to be easily reconfigured and adapted to suit the needs of both the employee and the company. Companies can quickly reconfigure their office spaces to accommodate changing needs.
Working Spaces Embraces Innovations in Workplace Design
No matter your challenge or organizational goals, the team at Working Spaces is dedicated to bringing the best-in-class solutions for all of our clients. Whether you’re scaling your workforce or seeking a new way to keep your employees engaged in the workplace, our team is prepared to deliver a world class client experience like no other.
If you’re ready to infuse the latest technology and innovations into energizing your workplace, contact Working Spaces today.