Sorry, did we say “trends” ?
Well it just so happens that the workplace practices mentioned below are being picked up so quickly by companies around the world, they're becoming the norm, rather than a passing craze!
While the “sustainable” affect was once reserved for large scale companies wanting to promote their efforts to save the planet, smaller companies are starting to see the true value of sustainable practices in their workplace. “Biophelia” is a trend that is becoming more and more widespread as offices seek designs involving natural light and outdoor spaces. The world of commercial furniture is also evolving with designers seeking sustainably sourced furniture and office supplies. Meanwhile, back in the office, managers are beginning to enforce sustainable practices like waste reduction, recycling and compost, which in turn is boosting worker morale.
While diversity was once a somewhat “forced” practice among employers, the past few years has seen it become embraced, to the point where an inclusive workplace is preferred by employees and customers alike. Inclusivity isn’t only seen through the hiring process but as designers, the team at BRM Projects has seen an increased demand for customised furniture and fitouts to accommodate different types of people.
Co-working is no longer reserved for trendy startups who occupy “WeWork”. In fact, some workplaces are breaking new ground by designing co-working spaces within their own offices and leasing co-working spaces outside of their headquarters. This adds to flexibility and promotes greater collaboration and productivity among workers.
The words “wellness” and “healthy workplace” have been floating around for a few years now, however 2019 will see the adoption of worker wellbeing as a priority, rather than a fad. In Australia, wellbeing at work is being taken very seriously at every level, from a property point of view, all the way down to commercial furniture and workplace culture. The evolution of wellbeing practices in the workplace will kickstart an exciting change in the workplace landscape and we are right behind it!
While millenials are accustomed to doing things faster and are more reliant on technology, Generation X and baby boomers have grown up with a different perspective on the workplace. Contrary to the problems this may have posed in the past, 2019 brings a new trend of “sharing” the workplace among different generations who can learn a great deal from one another. Collaborative spaces and projects are being set up all over the place, giving workers from different ages a chance to fulfill their potential.
The team at BRM Projects is excited to implement these innovative practices into every project we deliver for workplaces across Australia.
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