Future Workplace

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Design for the Modern Workplace

The workplace of the future will be an exciting place to be. The future workplace brings together your favourite things about home, your local park and your favourite cafe to create spaces where you can feel both inspired and comfortable. Cold corporate offices are becoming a thing of the past. While sustainability is more important than ever, so is your health and wellbeing. The workforce is ageing and therefore the longevity of worker health is more important. Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing.  We see both relaxation and active spaces as another way employees can keep healthy. With the increasing amount of work that is carried out remotely, the importance of having a central workplace that encourages socialisation and collaboration is increasingly important.  Touch screen technology, digital pens and mobile devices make the dream of a paperless office a real possibility, which frees up space and creates fewer barriers to collaboration.  New office spaces have less and less permanent fixtures and are increasingly flexible, however, achieving adequate acoustic variation and privacy are key to making this type of space work. Newly developed translucent acoustic curtains can help with this issue. Flexible furniture and computers that can easily change levels and configurations, such as the Surface Studio and laptops are also key to the ultimate flexible workspace. The future workplace needs to be flexible, not only to make way for the flux of workers throughout the day but also to make way for the rapidly changing technologies.  All of this works hand in hand with flexible hours and activity based working, along with a number of new technologies such as virtual assistants, AR + VR.  Some of our key modern workplace strategies are shown below:

 
 
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It goes without saying that fresh air and greenery make us feel happier and healthier. Many offices of the future will take this further and grow their own vegetables for use in a communal kitchen.

It goes without saying that fresh air and greenery make us feel happier and healthier. Many offices of the future will take this further and grow their own vegetables for use in a communal kitchen.

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Physical or relaxation focused activities help your body and mind function more efficiently. It can also be a good time for solving problems and coming up with new ideas.

Physical or relaxation focused activities help your body and mind function more efficiently. It can also be a good time for solving problems and coming up with new ideas.

Augmented reality means that it is easier to transform a workspace, whether for leisure purposes as per above or for more directly work related activities such as designing.

Augmented reality means that it is easier to transform a workspace, whether for leisure purposes as per above or for more directly work related activities such as designing.

Flexible devices such as Microsoft's Surface device, laptops and digital pens, allow easy reconfiguration and make the paperless office a true possibility, reducing the amount of semi-permanent and permanent fixtures and hence physical barriers to collaboration.

Flexible devices such as Microsoft's Surface device, laptops and digital pens, allow easy reconfiguration and make the paperless office a true possibility, reducing the amount of semi-permanent and permanent fixtures and hence physical barriers to collaboration.

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Immersive tech will continue to evolve and augment our way of working. We need to create spaces that allow for this constant change, while taking advantage of all the things on offer.

Immersive tech will continue to evolve and augment our way of working. We need to create spaces that allow for this constant change, while taking advantage of all the things on offer.

New translation and multi-lingual technologies will bring people together both physically and virtually, reducing communication barriers and increasing diversity.

New translation and multi-lingual technologies will bring people together both physically and virtually, reducing communication barriers and increasing diversity.

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