With constant advancing technology and the continually growing design industry, "smart" offices have become increasingly popular. Larger spaces, more collaboration between employees, and improved productivity and management of the workplace are all important components of a smart office.
Here are some of the top trends for designing a smart office:
1. EMBEDDED WIRELESS PHONE CHARGERS
Built-in wireless chargers enable convenient, cordless charging. You can build the charger into your office furniture (i.e. desks, tables, etc.), of various materials like metal, glass, and plastic. This smart integration reduces the need for outlets and cords.
2. SCIENCE-BACKED DESIGN
According to a 2011 study, people prefer curved, rounded furniture to more rectangular furniture with straighter lines. "Sitting in circles provokes a collective mindset, whereas sitting in straight lines triggers feelings of individuality", wrote Christian Jarrett of 99u.com.
An ergonomic adjustable height standing desk can maximize your physical health and work efficiency. Standing helps you remain alert and productive. Some designs even have smart technology that sends you alerts when you've been sitting and standing for too long.
Certain colors and light levels have been shown to have psychological effects. For example, the color red helps with completing tasks that require attention to detail. Dimmer lighting assists with idea generation and creativity. A 2017 study showed that higher ceilings are associated with feelings of freedom, which help with abstract thinking.
3. HOT DESKING
Hot desking is a trend that involves workers taking whatever desk is available, instead of having one assigned to them. Hot desking encourages workers to be near colleagues they wouldn't normally be around, which strengthens relationships and promotes better teamwork.
4. THE GREEN OFFICE
Greenery improves the overall design of any space. Indoor plants allow better creativity and a less stressful environment. They also promote cleaner air and enhanced wellbeing. The use of plants in the workspace provides a natural soundproofing system to reduce noise, which helps with concentration and reduces the chance of distractions.
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