What's hot in modern offices

Friday, October 25 2013
What's hot in modern offices

Offices are changing for the better. Decisions makers are starting to realize that they don't have to put executives in private rooms while employees sit in cubicles every day. By trying out new styles and moving away from old layouts, businesses hope to improve productivity and boost workplace satisfaction. 

Let's take a look at some of the hottest office trends. 

Out in the open
One of the problems with giving everyone their own office is that they wouldn't collaborate with others. Some people would walk into their own rooms, close the door and stay in there until 5 p.m., sometimes without saying a word to any of their colleagues. 

According to Omaha Magazine, open offices are all the rage nowadays because they promote communication, which leads to enhanced productivity. This layout is somewhat simple to implement as desks just have to be pushed together so workers can talk and help each other with their projects. 

That's not to say all of your employees should be forced to sit together. Consider breaking the workforce up by into teams of 10. This ensures that camaraderie will grow within departments

Closing the gap
It seems that management officials have finally realized how to bridge the gap between offices. eWeek reports that a recent industry survey shows that 96 percent of respondents believe that video conferencing technology "removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams in different cities and countries."

Unlike other business communications platforms, remote collaboration software recreates the in-person experience of speaking with someone face to face by allowing you to make eye contact and see how your associates are carrying themselves. 

Modern offices also have to be flexible so they can accommodate varying levels of staffing and meet employee demands. We recently went over the concept of hoteling, which allows workers to book desks for certain days. 

Another smart option is hot desking. This approach is more laissez-faire than hoteling because employees are allowed to pick their workspace without advanced notice, essentially making desks available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Both of those practices have their advantages and drawbacks. Your staff may prefer one or the other, so consider conducting a survey to determine whether hoteling or hot desking is the best option for office. This ensures that your employees will be happy with the decision and won't feel like management is making arbitrary calls regarding the layout.