26 Feb Goodbye 2018 – Hello Office Trends of 2019
The times they are a changin’…
The team here at McCormack has put together a list of how you can keep up with the latest trends – and stay in the know. You can thank us later!
Flexible hours and locations
While it isn’t a new idea, 2019 is really pushing for employees to look after their mental and physical health and playing to their strengths. If you’re not a morning person why are you in the office at 9am? If you’ve got a family to get home to, why not come in earlier, or work from home?
This idea now has an official name too: Activity Based Working. Activity Based Working means management can now give ‘employees a choice about how, when and where they work. In the office, that means providing a choice of work settings, each designed for a different type of task, such as workstations, collaboration areas, and concentration zones. Outside the office, activity based working is facilitated by enabling technology, which allows staff to work from anywhere; from home, to a cafe or airport lounge’. (Source: Collaborate London)
For your own office space, this means one thing: flexibility. Hot desking, increased technology integration, more room for collaboration and spaces for private working. Catering to the new wave of ‘self-responsibility’ is going to take off… fast! And as a manager, you want to make sure you’re ahead of the game.
Again, it’s not new, but wellness in the workplace continues to get increased attention. And 2019 is going to be no different. From updating the cooling and heating systems so recycled air doesn’t pass on illness to purifying the air by incorporating plants and greenery into every spare space, focusing on air heath will be key to an office that is up-to-date this year. And it goes beyond the air you’re breathing. Make sure you factor in where you stand (or sit…). Developing workspaces that allow for standing desks and seating desks that are ergonomic are now considered best-practice across the board.
Recreation and relaxation
A major trend (inside and outside of the workplace) is balance. That means ensuring fun, recreational activities are encouraged to create balance and relaxation. We’re not saying every office should have bean bags but it should be noted that Millennials will make up approximately 50% of the workforce in 2020 and, be warned, they have their demands. For this demographic, there is more to life than working. While they understand they’ll spend a majority of their life at work also they want a fair trade-off. From coffee machines and drink fridges, to meditation rooms and team building activities, 2019 seems to be the year that the comforts of home creep into the workplace and the lines become even more blurred.
Everything old is new again
Vintage is back! (But did it ever really leave?). The office world is seeing more of the older warehouse look playing backdrop to modern minimalist furnishings. Vintage furniture is being added into sleek, styled new office foundations creating unique spaces that take employees back to another time. So, if you want to add a whisky bar and lounge into your chic office space, it seems 2019 is the year to make it happen!
How does 2019 compare to other years?
Get a full view of what’s been done in the past here.
If 2019 is the year you update your office space and you’re looking for some direction, or just want to understand what’s involved, click here. The McCormack team will help you find all the information you need.