A well-planned, resilient, flexible workplace should not only address COVID-19 related safety concerns but should support all aspects of employee wellbeing. Office furniture is crucial to creating these workplaces.
The office design trends for less dense, agile, collaboration-driven workspaces that became increasingly popular in the last few years gained a different meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. These trends are now accelerated by the focus on wellbeing and safety and creating inspiring workplaces that put employee experience first.
A resilient, flexible workplace requires office furniture that helps to address the change in the ways of working. It should be able to adapt to different scenarios, provide comfort and workplace ergonomics and support people collaborating from anywhere.
Office furniture ideas – focus work
Mobile soft seating provides a sense of privacy and security for solo work. Integrated work surfaces and charging points support activity based working and can be useful for people without an assigned desk, splitting their time between office and home working.
Stand-alone booths can enhance productivity while minimising noise distractions in open plan areas. Different materials and finishes add aesthetic value while providing a high level of acoustic comfort.
Office furniture ideas – collaborative shared spaces
Modular furniture can be easily reconfigured to meet the demands of informal meeting areas and accommodate different group sizes. It can also be repositioned or moved apart to help keep a safe distance.
Mobile furnishings such as rolling white boards, freestanding media units and digital screens can be used for collaborative work, virtual meetings and presentations.
High-backed, acoustic lounge seating creates buffer zones in communal spaces, providing space for relaxing breaks as well as allowing people to collaborate in the open, while minimising the background noises.
Office furniture ideas – storage solutions
Lockers and modular, freestanding shelving units provide practical storage solutions, helping to maintain a clean and tidy work environment and de-densify routes within the office.
Freestanding planter units can create required buffer zones in open plan spaces while offering additional storage capacity. Integrating biophilic elements into the design further enhances employee wellbeing, boosting their cognitive abilities and helping to reduce stress and fatigue.
Office Furniture ideas – dividers
Dividers can provide separation in shared spaces and they don’t need to be boring. Dividers can add aesthetic value and provide great acoustics, improving productivity and collaboration.
As office design specialists, we understand the value of furniture in creating flexible, resilient workspaces that support all aspects of employee wellbeing. Contact us to discuss your office design and furniture requirements.