Businesses are living in an unpredictable time.  Factors such as remote working, technology, high rental costs and the economy are all having an impact on how we work, and the workspaces businesses require now and in the future.

So how can your business keep up with the times when your company is unable to relocate?

We break down our workspace trends for 2018 below.

1. Cater to a wide-range of age groups

staffAs the retirement age continues to rise and the practicalities of having to, or wanting to work past the retirement age become a reality, businesses now need to consider adjusting their workplace initiatives and workspaces to accommodate.

The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that the number of women working past the age of 70 has doubled in the past four years. Whereas, one in seven men continue to work into old age amid growing concerns over the bleak outlook for pensions.

There are many benefits to a mixture of ages working together. The older gen with their invaluable work experience, and the new gen for their tech and social media expertise.

2.  Spaces to share and care

office breakout areasA great way to engage all generations in a workplace is to provide a variety of open-plan areas that encourage and inspire open-dialogue, conversation and bonding.

Spaces that are creative and colourful are perfect for workshops, regular get-togethers and brainstorming. The more tonal and neutrally designed areas offer a calmer space for teams or individuals who need time to concentrate or reflect.  These break-out areas are also perfect for less formal HR catch-ups or personal reviews.


3. Smart space solutions

office partitions

If your business is unable to move, and you need to utilise and make the most out of your space, consider space saving solutions.

Agile non-permanent and architectural partition screens and office pods extend and complement most office landscapes without the long-term commitment. These solutions work by dividing open spaces or create closed and partially closed rooms dependant on your need.

Equally, sound-proof pods ensure staff have some quiet and more private areas for meetings or for individual tasks that need concentration away from the distractions of an open-plan office.

4. Innovative technology

technologyAs many businesses utilise flexible working initiatives, a wide-range of technology can now make it possible to reduce the number of internal and external meetings.

Systems like Join me, Skype, virtual meetings and other video conferencing solutions can have an impact on the need for numerous conference spaces.

When face-to-face meetings do take place, make sure your technology is efficient.


5. Agile furniture

agile furnitureAs departments and businesses change and grow, ensuring your furniture and spaces are agile is crucial. It can also help your business save money in the long-term.

Make sure your seating is tested by your staff and is adjustable, to different heights, body types and other generational needs.

Offering a combination of seated and standing desks will also aid wellbeing in the office, by taking the pressure off staff sitting all day.

Rapport can help in the process with our specialist employee workshops and space planning mythology. Just get in touch to find out more.
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