Office Trends 2020
Just like wedding trends or home décor, office trends change every year too. While it may not be ideal to redecorate your space to keep up with the latest fad, there are other ways to keep your business current and make your employees feel you are moving with the times with little expense to the company. Here are some of the office trends we expect to see more of in 2020.
While it shouldn’t exactly be called a trend – as we’re all hoping it doesn’t fade away like trends often do! – we expect to hear a lot more about companies doing their best to improve their footprint. Sustainability, consumption and climate change issues are in the headlines every other day and a certain level of CSR is expected from companies to ensure their products or services aren’t further damaging the already fragile environment. For 2020, think reclaiming old or damaged furniture, restoring and reimagining older spaces and reducing single use plastic and carbon emissions.
Another problem office workers face daily is maintaining a good posture and good spinal health while sitting down for 8+ hours a day. It’s recommended that we walk around once an hour for a couple of minutes and avoid sitting in a stooped position for too long which is virtually impossible at a standard desk. Standing and moving (treadmill) desks will be a lot more prominent in 2020, allowing employees the possibility of standing or sitting comfortably while they work. In PREMIER BUSINESS CENTRES newest serviced offices on Dublin’s prestigious Baggot Street, adjustable desks come as standard with each workspace, reducing back pain and spinal discomfort.
Serviced and Virtual Offices
The boom is most certainly back in Dublin and we are delighted to see so many emerging businesses and established offices looking for new and expanding office space across the city. 2020 will see an increase in companies using serviced offices rather than investing in private office space, especially in the first few years of trading. Virtual offices also cut costs, eliminating the need for an employee dedicated to answering calls and handing post. We will also see an increase in making use of alternative boardroom spaces and renting per hour rather than leasing meeting space. Contact Premier Business Centres today to discuss your serviced office or virtual office needs in 2020.
Mindfullness in The work place
Another important adjustment to our office environment in 2020 is an increase in mindfulness in the workplace. HR departments and senior managers are upskilling and learning about how to keep staff focused yet flexible. 2020 is a time for reprogramming the mind to think in a healthier, less stressful way. This will vary from company to company and may be small changes such as offering more flexible parental leave to Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) to support employee’s wellbeing. Looking after your employees in all capacities will encourage a healthier and more productive working environment.
Rethinking the boardroom
Coinciding with the rise in sustainability and mindfulness, businesses will begin to rethink the traditional boardroom style of meeting. Meeting space will become a lot more casual, comfortable and flexible with the ability to use it for other activities a necessity. Newer boardroom designs will have the ability to split into multiple, smaller spaces for micro meetings, interviews and casual chats rather than a more intimidating boardroom table. With technology evolving faster than we could have imagined, we will also see a decrease in face to face meetings. The need to take costly and time-consuming trips abroad to meet will decrease; conference and video calling will be a cost-effective alternative.
If you’d like to discuss any of the services offered by Premier Business Centres or visit any of our Kildare or Dublin office spaces, contact Therese Mullane. We are happy to tailor a plan to suit your unique business needs.