It's official: "the open-office concept is dead" says Laura Entis of Fortune. Well, it's not quite dead yet, but it's well on its way. Employees are fed up with the continous distractions that are typically found in an open-plan office, and they want a solution fast!
Office designers are now looking to create hybrid spaces that offer a mixture of working areas, including: communal spaces, isolation pods and general break-out areas. SEC Interiors Design & Proposals Manager, Jonathan Richmond feels that "this year’s CDW was less about current trends in patterns, colours and furniture style, and more about the increased requirement for workplaces to provide a greater variety of spaces within their office design. By including zones for individual concentration, collaboration and areas for relaxation, it creates suitable environments for employees to work effectively, while making the office a more enjoyable place to work."
Key Takeaway: Open-plan offices are on the way out! Employees want their privacy back, and this means that existing workplaces may have to be re-designed to incorporate this particular need. Expect to see a rise in the demand for hybrid workspaces and furniture systems that prioritise solo and/or small group sessions.