Top 5 Office Design Trends for 2022

Top 5 Office Design Trends for 2022

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1. Soundproof Office Pods

With widespread movement toward versatile, welcoming office spaces, there’s an emphasis on creating mini environments that can inspire focussed, collaborative tasks.  In that context, the benefits offered by Soundproof Office Pods have become increasingly popular. As the name suggests, these are enclosed spaces that represent private, welcoming, 

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quiet environments - the kind of workspace that boosts concentration while lowering stress levels. Single-person pods help to facilitate opportunities for privacy and confidentiality necessary in an open-plan office, while multi-person pods are a way to inspire collaboration in style, peace and comfort.

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2. Video Conferencing Facilities

Video conferencing may once have been primarily the domain of companies with a distributed or globalised workforce; now there’s an increasing understanding more generally that collaboration doesn’t necessarily depend on physical proximity. Meanwhile, the portability of connected tech has meant we’re not stuck to one 

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permanent desk. Laptops with wi-fi have given us the freedom to move - to work separately or gather for conferences as needed. At the moment, we’re seeing the modern office embrace these possibilities with the incorporation of flexible (both formal and casual) spaces and meeting rooms with digital connectivity.

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In time, we can expect to see more thought put into the equipment and layout of these spaces - allowing us to accommodate improved acoustic needs, multiple screens and features such as cameras that automatically focus on whoever is speaking.

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3. Ergonomic Desk Clusters

We’ve written previously about the benefits of working ergonomically. Enabling yourself to sit at a desk with correct posture is key to handling the long hours and days on your computer without back pain and other issues. With increasing awareness of this issue has come the popularity of ergonomic office products, notably height-adjustable desks. 

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Thanks to their ability to be raised or lowered according to the specific physical needs of the user - including if that person wants to be standing - they can be a pivotal part of a healthy work setup. Meanwhile, the versatility of ergonomic chairs, which can be adjusted to ensure you receive correct lumbar support, helps to ensure the relaxed, upright 

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posture essential to healthy workplace practice.

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4. Sustainability

As ecology and environmentalism become pivotal existential concerns, companies are using sustainability to inform the way offices are operated. This is not just about, say, making sure there are recycling bins in the lunchroom but that sustainable design is built into the DNA of the office. This could mean everything from 

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water-saving bathroom appliances, the use of energy efficient LEDs to the repurposed use of building materials in construction. By embracing the possibilities of office sustainability, a company not only minimises its footprint but aligns itself with the values of employees, clients and public in positive and meaningful ways.

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5. Neurodiverse Spaces

With a greater sense of inclusivity and the well-being of its employees in mind, the office is now incorporating neurodiversity into design. Neurodiversity refers to the way we all differently respond to various stimuli and information according to the ways our brains function. In the context of an office, this means designing spaces for 

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those with multiple needs - including those with conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia and dyslexia. It informs consideration about the choice of elements of design such as fabrics, light, colour and vegetation.  For example, an emphasis might be placed on calming spaces, quiet areas and those with sound and light control.

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By considering the psychological needs of their employees, companies are helping attract and retain their talen.

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