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Open Office Trends In 2015
If your commercial office is an open office, you are definitely to experience some workers who are really excited about the concept of sharing space with their fellow employees. Then, on the other hand, you are quite likely to have some workers who aren’t that excite about it either. They value their personal space a lot more and that’s fine.
The trick is to get to a point at which both parties are generally comfortable with the environment they have to work in. Hopefully, these new open office trends can make a difference to your business’s commercial office space.
- “Home away from home”: More workplaces are integrating breakout areas or zones in which employees can get away from the work zone. They can use these areas to escape the sense of work stress. When they’re tired of sitting at their desk all day, they can take a couple minutes to go to the breakout zone, which is furnished with comfy couches, bean bags or hammocks – things that can remind you of the comfort of your home.
- Adding collaborative spaces: These are areas in an office that encourage communication and interaction to extend beyond the cubicle or office desk. Socialization within the office is a good thing – lounge seating and playful gathering spaces promote such.
- Balancing public and private areas: No matter how open your office is and how comfortable your employees are in it, each of them needs to have a sense of privacy. At some point, personal phone calls need to be made or taken or closed meetings need to be held. That’s why businesses are beginning to designate areas for these types of private situations.
- No more hierarchical barriers: In business of before, people in CEO or senior managerial positions were separated from regular employees. They were either on a higher floor or their offices were majestically luxurious. Nowadays, that’s no longer the case. You find everyone in one place, seeing each other and interacting much more.
- More interest in employee health: Companies are taking the time to cater to the health needs of their workers. It only makes sense to do that, considering the fact that these are the people that you need to be healthy and able to do your work. They’re changing up things like furniture and encouraging workers to move around and practice healthier behavior in the office.
These trends aren’t for all businesses, so you choose what’s right for you and your business and we’ll be right here to help. We have different office structures and we’re sure we can find the best one for you! If you are looking for office space in Ottawa for your dynamic and growing business then give us a call to speak with one of our office space representatives about our current inventory of great office spaces and retail spaces for your business in Ottawa.