With employees demanding a better work experience, organisations are having to rethink their workspaces to facilitate a greater variety of collaborative interactions and autonomous work activities. With that in mind, Kleopatra Kivrakidou, Channel Marketing Manager at Ergotron EMEA offers the top five trends that are set to shape the workplace in 2020.
1. The open-plan office is evolving
While the open-plan office layout has proved successful at facilitating greater communication and collaboration, research shows it can also be damaging to workers’ attention spans, productivity and creative thinking.
In response, organisations are now rejecting the old notion that ‘one size fits all’. Instead, they’re offering employees a choice of diverse and adaptable spaces so they can choose the type of space they need for any given task. Introducing private and collaborative areas dispersed across the building is just the start.
2. Say hello to hoteling
For some forward-thinking organisations, the next brave workplace move is to introduce a ‘hoteling’ seating policy in which workspace is unassigned. Instead, employees dynamically reserve workspaces such as desks, cubicles and offices dependent on their requirements on a day-to-day basis.
Giving employees greater flexibility and control over their personal work environment, including who they sit next to, has been shown to have a meaningful impact on workplace productivity.
3. The workplace as a brand
Companies now view the workplace as an opportunity to express their cultural values and demonstrate how much they care and value employees. By carefully evaluating how people really interact, and what employees need to get through the day, they’re creating adaptable workspaces that boost employee engagement, morale and commitment.
4. We’re all in the gig economy now
Recent years have witnessed a critical shift in the makeup of the workforce with the rise of freelancers, contractors and mobile road warriors. As a result, the workspace is having to adapt fast to cater to highly diverse workforces that can flex at a moment’s notice.
5. Get ready for Generation Z
As the next generation entering the workforce, Gen-Z ranks workplaces that support collaborative working and human interactions very highly. But they also expect to encounter more formal private spaces designed specifically for heads-down work.
As organisations look to reimagine the dynamics of the workplace and cater for the evolving needs and changing demographics of their workforces, 2020 will see the office becoming more agile and flexible when it comes to supporting how employees function throughout the day.