2017 Round Up and 2018 Trends
Early in 2017, we gave you a few hints about the trends we thought would be big this year, so as the nights draw in and the end of the year gets closer, we thought we’d let you know what worked out and what didn't’t, as well as what we expect to happen in 2018. So, without further ado…
2017 Trends – were they all they were cracked up to be?
Here at Rocket, we think this is a trend that isn’t going anywhere soon. With millennials taking over the workplace, it’s one that will stick around for a while. These young workers really care about their wellbeing, especially at work, where they refuse to be exploited or taken advantage of. They want an employer that cares too, and makes sure they’re being looked after, mentally and physically. This generation is growing up in a world where being more considerate to others, regardless of who they are, is essential, so to attract and retain this young talent, wellness needs to be a big part of your workplace strategy.
This was a big deal in 2016 and 2017, but there’s no guarantee it will continue, as more flexible working inside and outside of the office results in people being together much less. In its place comes collaborative tech, which enables people working all over the place to talk and share ideas, without having to be in the same room. The trend of collaborative working really depends on what kind of company you’re working for – if it’s a start up with limited space, you’ll all be shoved in together and collaborative working won’t be an option, it’ll be necessary. If you’re a massive multi-national, the chances are you and your colleagues will be spread all over the place.
In layman’s terms, this basically means working more closely with the client to fully understand their ethos, and reflecting that in the design of the space. This is a similar situation to wellness, where companies are changing the way they treat their employees, and tend to give them more say in the design of the office. Again, because millennials are all about looking after themselves and each other, this sort of input on their working environment can be a real attraction for them. This includes the trend of strong internal branding that really makes people feel part of something. The Instagram age is all about your identity, and that includes where you work. If your employees can ‘gram their office, they’ll be much happier about turning up on a Monday morning.
This is another trend that we think will go the distance. People want to know why decisions are being made, and in this digital age, we’ve got access to all sorts of information and a definite thirst for knowledge which isn’t going anywhere.
2018 – What trends are on the horizon?
The rise of the human workplace:
This is the new, but not particularly revolutionary idea that in order for a company to succeed, they need to have the right people employed, doing things that they’re good at, in the right environment, as well as communicating efficiently & intelligently. Companies ultimately rely on people, whether that’s the people they employ, their customers, or the communities they impact, so finding ways to work that suit everyone is essential. But it doesn’t end there; not everyone is a fan of change, and some people can find it daunting and challenging, so make sure everyone is consulted along the way, and are supported if they feel unsettled or anxious.
Unconventional working areas:
Although this isn’t exactly a new trend, things are only getting weirder in some offices. Yoga sessions, meditation spaces and rooms filled with beanbags are just some of the many examples we’ve come across recently, but they seem to be working. Employees are reporting a better work ethic, and more enthusiasm when they work in these spaces, so maybe they aren’t so crazy after all!
These unconventional work spaces are complimented by dynamic work spaces, which are a similar concept. They are marked by continuous and productive activity or change, and are moveable and adaptable to any situation. They tend to consist of lightweight, moveable furniture, folding walls and doors, and whiteboard surfaces where you’d least expect them. Hidden tech can be exposed for conference calls and meetings, and these rooms offer more creative solutions for businesses where money and space, are in short supply. This is an example of an activity-based office, where private spaces are provided to account for moments of intense concentration & confidentiality. A mix of open and more secluded areas lends itself to the ability to focus and work more quickly and efficiently.
This trend is only growing (excuse the pun) in popularity, and the scientific link between plants in the workplace and decreased stress levels has been proven again and again. People spend 90% of their lives working and living indoors, so we have to find a way to bring the outside in. Using plants as dividers, as decoration, or as part of the architecture of the building itself are all ways to do this, and they can all be adapted to the size and budget of your space.