2023 Workplace Trends
The beginning of the New Year inspires businesses to look at their workplace with a fresh perspective. The office continues to change and evolve, and identifying strategies to increase productivity, engage your employees, and take your business to the next level can be difficult. Many of the 2022 office trends are here to stay as we continue to find out what hybrid looks like in many organizations. In 2023, we can expect to see trends focusing on community, connection, and collaboration through well-being in the workplace.
Focusing on wellbeing in the office is important now more than ever before. Employees are stressed out, overwhelmed, and experiencing burnout. On the upside, 71% of employees believe their employer is more concerned about their mental health and wellbeing than ever before. Mental health and burnout have long been part of the conversation when we discuss improving work and the culture surrounding it. That’s why employee well-being should be a top design initiative for any industry.
Creating Connections & Community
It’s estimated that the average person spends one third of their life at work. With so much time spent in the office, it’s important to build a vibrant community to help create a sense of belonging and encourage connection. A well-designed office can create a sense of community, leaving teams feeling valued and appreciated. From modular, collaborative layouts, to coffee bars and game tables, small design changes can have a big impact on how your employees interact. Encouraging communication and connection in your design can help build stronger work communities. Try centralizing your break and collaboration spaces to inspire people to interact more frequently. Overall, a positive work community boosts morale, creates happier employees, and improves employee retention and recruitment.
Collaboration is the number one reason hybrid workforce returns to the office. It is an essential part of teamwork, allowing your employees to be successful and function effectively. Including collaboration areas in the design of your space is crucial to encouraging employees to return to the office. Try to include multiple spaces throughout your office that facilitate collaboration. These areas should be flexible to accommodate the needs of different group sizes or design each area with various sized groups in mind. When creating spaces for collaboration, brain storming, and problem solving, make sure your team has all of the tools they need. Consider incorporating adequate technology, modular furniture, partitions, and multi-functional pieces.
Better Than Home
Employees want a workplace that is designed well. In 2022, employees were looking for a place that felt like home. This year, they aren’t looking for that homey feel. They want something better. Plan your space not only for function, but also for aesthetics, comfort, choice, and fun. Employees need the right environment to complete their daily tasks. An environment that allows individuals to choose how they work best. Creating spaces throughout your office to accommodate the various needs of your team is a modern office trend that businesses should incorporate. Just like last year, featuring natural elements in your office, such as indoor plants, natural light, and access to outdoor seating, are important in influencing positive brain function, reducing stress levels, and increasing work performance. Artwork and wall graphics should also be considered as a study 69% of those in a Perspectus Global survey felt having “interesting and visually striking art” at the workplace improves their well-being. Adding fresh and visually appealing features are sure to draw your employees in.