It is estimated by 2025 Millennials will make up a large part of the workforce. In Australia, that number is projected to be over 75% of workers.
Why is this stat important to the modern office interior designer or manager looking to recruit from this pool of talent?
As businesses prepare for a workplace in which millennials wade increasing influence, they must begin to design workspaces and processes that speak uniquely to these cohorts.
This would mean understanding the underlying motivations and aspirations that drive millennials and of course, the big one, work-life balance—and figuring out a way to incorporate these insights into the office space design.
Office fitout projects provide end-to-end office redesign for companies reworking their workspace to better serve the millennial worker.
Here are five of the latest trends in office interior designs to inspire you.
Dynamic & Flexible Spaces
Today’s trend in interior office design is multi-functional with several functional workspaces that cater to different purposes.
Unlike the traditional office spaces that are filled with tiny cubicles and cabinets, the latest office design trends emphasise open spaces.
Also, as companies aim to become more agile, their workspaces embody these new ideas. Flexible workspaces that are dynamic is the new normal.
This design trend is characterised by a laser focus on free, multi-functional, lightweight, and ergonomic designs that can fit into any space or can be transformed for any purpose.
Highlights of dynamic flexibility design are the use of movable walls, adjustable lighting tech, lightweight furniture which are deployed to transform a space in an instant.
Sustainability is a hot topic among the millennials who are the future workforce. Nine in ten millennials say they are concerned about sustainability and believe businesses should positively impact the world.
It makes sense that businesses should begin to consider these sustainability concerns when designing workspaces.
A vital feature of this design trend is the comeback of wood-theme office spaces and growing wellness-focused designs.
At the core of the sustainability design, is the emphasis on the use of recyclable, sustainably sourced and green building materials. Energy efficiency, environmental conservation and eco-compliance are a big part of sustainable workplaces.
Most modern workplaces are moving towards a comfy, home-feel design. Well, that is not surprising as the line between home and work blurs and employees spend more time working from home.
Also, the rise in remote work among Australian workers is forcing companies to reimagine workspaces employees are excited about.
Furnished kitchens, woven baskets, flowerpots and rugged areas are becoming an increasing sight in offices. The home-style idea is to turn working spaces into a comfortable, ambient environment that is welcoming and increases productivity.
Bring the outdoors inside
While this design concept might not be entirely new, it is gaining a renewed boost. Businesses are seeing the need to create a sense of harmony between what they do and the environment.
The mainstreaming of biophilic designs has made plants, especially green plants, an almost constant fixture in the contemporary office. However, the trend is shifting towards an integrated, holistic adoption of nature into the workplace.
Authenticity is probably the most valued trait customers, and employees look for in companies. Employees are looking beyond the rhetoric, and high-value businesses say they have to know what they are doing.
As a way of showing customers and employees their underlying values, companies are now beginning to design authentic workspaces as a way to display their core values.
The office is no longer just a place to go to work; it is now a space that offers businesses a chance to showcase who they are and what is important to them.
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