Designing an office is not an easy thing. On the one hand, you need it to enhance the efficiency of your staff and, at the same time, you want it to incorporate and encompass all the value that you hold close to heart as an enterprise. A complex task yet a feasible one, as well. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several interesting trends that will help you do just that.

#1. Nap areas

#2. In-house daycare

#3. Cubicles are back

Cubicles are back

The myth of open office being more productive has finally been debunked. Sure, you can still make this kind of layout work, however, it has some significant flaws that are worth taking into consideration. First of all, there’s nothing to muffle the noises that are coming from all around. Second, people have no sense of privacy, which is both stress-inducing and destroys one’s motivation. Lastly, in a cubicle, there’s more choice for customization of the workplace, seeing as how a person in question can decorate it at will, thus using it as their own private office. Amongst other things, this allows one to get a greater sense of ownership when it comes to their business.

#4. Office gym

As far as your gym budget goes, you have so many options to choose from. For instance, a low-cost option would be to purchase enough skip ropes for everyone, in order to provide them with a frugal cardio option and hire a trainer who specializes in calisthenics. On the other hand, if you had something more ambitious in mind, what you could do is make a list of gym equipment you need (it’s best if you were to consult a professional trainer about this) and an agency specializing in commercial gym fitouts. A boost in productivity eventually ensures that this investment results in a positive net change.

#5. Flexible workspace

Flexible workspace

The next idea involves your use of available space. Traditionally, the cubicle system has a bad reputation due to the fact that it confines people. In other words, there were strict rules about where and how people should work. With a flexible workspace, you can now overcome this difficulty. Sure, you still need to equip the general work area but you needn’t stop there. What you should also do is proceed to equip other areas of your place and optimize them for work.

For instance, some businesses are building roof decks that can act as alternative open office floors. This way you can have your cake and eat it too. Other than this, what you also get is an opportunity to have a part of your office out there in the fresh air. The balcony is another great idea and placing a couple of lazy bags out there can optimize this place for work. Finally, there are some people who prefer to work in the hallway and all they need for this (other than their laptop) is proper seating.

#6. Bring your own device (BYOD)

#7. Work cafeteria

One of the main reasons why even people who are aware of this often don’t improve their eating habits is due to the fact that eating this way is

A) expensive and

B) impractical.

Getting an hour earlier to make these meals is definitely worth it but a lot of people simply can’t force themselves to do it. With a work cafeteria, this problem can be rectified once and for all.

Of course, implementing new trends isn’t going to solve every single problem in your office. First of all, in order to be productive in it, your employees need to see this office as a safe environment. This is something done with the right mission, vision and ideas, as well as with a capable HR team on your side. When combined with some above-listed methods, this idea has an incredible effect.

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Ruhani Rabin being a tech and product evangelist for almost 20 years. He was VP, CPO for various digital companies. Plays with Drones in his free time.

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Ruhani Rabin

Ruhani Rabin being a tech and product evangelist for almost 20 years. He was VP, CPO for various digital companies. Plays with Drones in his free time.