Office Design Trends in 2022

Office Design Trends in 2022

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1. Sustainability

Sustainability has moved higher up the list of many business operations and the same applies with commercial property and office design. Companies are looking for ways to make their offices more sustainable day-to-day and this has influenced design and product designs. Sustainable design starts with the procurement process; it is 

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not just about the amount of recycling bins you put into your office.  Businesses are seeking ways to make their offices more appealing to staff and so more time is being dedicated to creating sustainable environments that align with CSR initiatives. Carbon net zero initiatives and other sustainable goals are all supported through sustainable 

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office design.This trend will continue to grow in popularity as it will become a standard that new projects are procured, built and designed in a sustainable way.  This will put more expectation on contractors to understand how to design a sustainable office and the benefits this offers to tenants.

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2. Technology, data and connectivity

Work from home (WFH) and hybrid schemes accelerated by the pandemic, the shrinking size of tech and its broader connectivity have freed us from some of the constraints of geography.  As we continue to embrace a mix of ‘borderless’ physical and virtual meeting spaces, companies are realising that knowledge work doesn’t 

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necessarily require physical proximity – an especially vital consideration for companies operating with a distributed or globalised workforce. With remote working becoming the norm for so many companies, there is an expectation for data and analytics to provide businesses with monitoring and tracking capabilities. 

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While this could cause some challenges over trust and accountability, the theory is that analytics can offer insights into user experiences.  In the same way data is recorded in the workplace to help improve space utilisation or energy efficiency, this technology may be able help close the divide between remote co-workers and create 

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a positive influence on wellbeing and performance.

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3. Neurodiverse spaces

As companies shift towards more inclusive workplaces, there are several considerations that are being introduced into offices with greater intent. Neurodiversity is not a new concept in the workplace and it has not always had the backing of employers, but the tide is changing. Neurodiversity refers to the differences in our brain 

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functions and our different approaches when interpreting information. ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia are all examples of neurodiverse conditions. Office design should provide employees with a sliding scale of spaces, offering them the option of where best to conduct their work depending on their wellbeing and psychological needs. 

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Considering our environments either enable or inhibit our ability to work, office design is a critical facilitator in ensuring your people play to their strengths. 

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4. Smart offices

Smart buildings can collect and share data, enabling companies to better understand when and how different spaces are being used.  Remote working has solidified our reliance on digital information. Smart workspace uses digital sensors to monitor and respond to things like occupancy, air quality and natural light levels. 

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Other technology solutions such as desk booking apps will help maintain a smooth flow of staff, ensuring that only one person touches a particular desk each day, and eliminating the possibility of being unable to correctly socially distance.

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5. Hybrid working and flexibility

The rise of hybrid working will dictate how the office looks through the way we use it.  While the look and feel of the office is not expected to transform drastically, staff will want their time in the office to be more purposeful and productive.  With increased transient workers, the office will still be 

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an essential part of a business’ structure so companies will look to maximise their available space to support this new type of working. Office space will integrate more touch down and agile workspaces such as benches and booths to accommodate for a fluctuating office headcount. Rather than the large open plan layout of the 

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past, the new settings need to be able to scale up and down with ease.  The office will need to support the emerging needs of hybrid and flexible working both in the office and for remote workers.

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