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Design Trends to Improve the Workspace in 2022 – Updated for 2023!

By wizu | 30 June 2022

Workspace design trends are making a huge change this year! It’s not enough to make small changes in the office. Life has changed in the past couple of years, with employees and businesses having different ideas about what makes a great work environment. The key is to create an office that supports the employees who work in it and to offer increased flexibility in the ways they work.


Wellbeing & Employee Satisfaction

Businesses are starting to understand the importance of improving employee wellbeing. Gone are the days when it was enough to provide a desk, chair, and computer for each person. Instead, companies are focusing on providing physical, emotional, and social support for their team. And they’re doing this by creating a better workplace where employees feel supported and cared for.

Companies are making these changes through new design trends focused on employee wellbeing and satisfaction.

Workplace Design Trends for 2022

Here is an overview of the main workplace design trends for 2022, putting the focus where it should be—on employees.


Hybrid Working

Hybrid working continues to be a theme that plays a huge role in keeping employees happy. Studies show that employees feel more motivated and trusted because of hybrid working. And this style of working seems to assist in keeping employee turnover down, especially during the “great resignation.”

So, what makes for a hybrid workplace? It usually includes both a traditional workspace combined with the possibility of remote working. Employees are given more flexibility on where they work.

In the office, the hybrid workspace may include different “zones” that allow employees to work in different zones throughout the workday. The zones may include coworking spaces, quiet zones, and more. The key is that employees have more flexibility about where and how they work.

For instance, some may choose a quiet space when they have demanding tasks that require focus. Or a team of employees may need to spend time in a collaborative space to work on innovative solutions or projects.

Within these zones, office furniture and fixtures may differ. For the collaborative space, it’s possible to use flexible, modular furniture that can serve more than one purpose. In the quiet zone, individual workstations provide a calm place to get things done. The key is to creatively use flexible furniture, wall panels and partitions to create a hybrid workspace.


Flexible Working

Flexible working does somewhat overlap with the hybrid office. However, in the flexible working scenario, workers want more autonomy and job satisfaction. In this setting, the office must incorporate some of the same changes in office furniture and fixtures as those needed for the hybrid workspace.

Flexible work arrangements allow employees to choose their own work hours. The goal is to help employees develop better work-life balance.

Companies implementing both hybrid and flexible working need to develop new policies and job roles. They’ll also need to make a significant investment in technology, training of management, and more.


Sustainability in the Office

Most businesses are focused on becoming more sustainable, as everyone is growing more aware of their impact on the environment. This also falls in with employee satisfaction, as many employees prefer to work for more eco-friendly companies.

When it comes to office design, the goal is to better follow the reduce, reuse, and recycle practices that go with being more environmentally responsible. What does this entail? It means cutting down on waste of all kinds, reviewing supply chains, and ensuring that new office furniture is more sustainable.

This can be accomplished by working with responsible manufacturers, ensuring furniture is made of sustainable materials, and recycling all office furniture that can’t be reused.


Comfort in the Workplace

Another change in the workspace is a focus on making the work environment more comfortable. Many companies are choosing a softer look by offering different work environments (such as in hybrid workspaces with different zones). One of the reasons is that many employees have grown accustomed to working from home in the past couple of years and look for a similar level of comfort in their workplace.

Companies are choosing to create areas that offer more comfort with comfy furniture. For instance, in areas where employees can relax, businesses are changing from hard furniture to comfy sofas and chairs. The look may also include end tables and a coffee table to hold drinks. In addition, the spaces may be made softer by using rugs in these spaces. The pieces used in these areas can be practical yet comfortable at the same time.

Along with comfy furniture, the design trends for 2022 also go with calming, neutral colours. Muted tones in upholstery and paint create a light space that’s calm and peaceful. However, it’s also possible to add pops of colour through smaller decorative items and wall art placed within the space. What’s more, the neutral colours in trend now also make it easier to change colours as styles and trends change over time. That also means great sustainability.


The Key is Flexibility & Sustainability

When it comes to today’s design trends, the key is flexibility in furniture, fixtures (such as panels, wall art, and more), and colours. As a business embraces increased flexibility, they also become more sustainable. Everything works together to bring the changes in the workspace that increase employee wellbeing and satisfaction.

That means investing in flexible furniture is essential. When an office has hybrid office spaces, flexible, modular furniture can be used in many different ways. For instance, a team with individual desks can push them together when it’s necessary to collaborate. The desks go from being individual pieces of furniture to creating a larger work surface for the team.

Furniture with wheels, partitions that are sound-proofed, and more provide the flexibility today’s modern workspaces demand.

With a flexible workspace, it’s also essential to invest in the right technology for the office. This may mean investing in automated lights, improving the network to make it more stable & secure, and mobile devices for employees.


Today’s Design Trends & Employee Satisfaction

Today’s design trends are based on improving workplaces for the humans who work in them. This can be accomplished by providing employees with flexible, hybrid workplaces designed to be sustainable, comfortable, and safe.



Design Trends to Improve the Workspace in 2023

Workspace design trends continue to improve as we move further into 2023. The most significant design trends concern comfort, making the workspace more inviting, and more. The goal of these trends is to ensure employee satisfaction and productivity while attracting new recruits.

In the following sections, we’ll share some of the most up-to-date design trends for the workplace in 2023!


1. Active Workplace & Ergonomic Interior Office Design

The goal of ergonomic office design is to reduce strain and pain on employees, lowering the number of work-related disorders (injuries).

Ergonomic design supports the body in the most natural position during work, reducing strain on muscles. However, it’s also necessary to stay active during work. For this reason, ergonomic furnishings are also necessary in the office. Active ergonomic furnishings can include:

  • Bike chairs
  • Ball chairs
  • Sit-stand chairs/desks
  • Treadmill desks
  • Adjustable height chairs/desks
  • Standing mats


2. Making Work More Homelike

Another 2023 office design trend is making the workplace feel and look more like home. The goal is to help remote workers transition between working from home and in the office.

How do you make an office feel and look more homelike? Here are some ideas:

  • Open shelving
  • Mirrors
  • Rugs
  • Curtains
  • Framed artwork
  • Floor lamps
  • Coffee and end tables
  • Upholstered sofas and chairs

Using softer, upholstered furniture in breakout spaces, quiet zones, or reading areas can help add warmth to the office and make it feel more like home. The transition will be easier for remote workers who must work part-time in the office. The homelike design also makes the workspace more comfortable and relaxing for all employees.


3. Sustainability and Nature in the Office

Biophilic offices are those that include natural elements in the workspace’s design. Here, there’s a chance to become quite creative in what to add to the office.

For instance, studies have shown that adding live plants to the workplace is relaxing, reduces stress, and improves the overall health and wellbeing of employees. Not only that, but plants can also improve air quality and reduce noise.

Sustainable office design also incorporates the following:

  • Maximising energy efficiency
  • Increasing the use of natural lighting
  • Choosing low-emission furnishings
  • And more


4. Use Light Colours & Natural Lighting

We mentioned the use of natural lighting in the previous point. It’s also possible to combine natural light with light colours. These are the next office design trends for 2023.

Natural light not only reduces reliance on energy sources, but it can also improve employee energy levels and productivity. Light from the sun also works to improve mood, reduce migraines, and more.

Light colour trends for the workplace also work with natural lighting. Some colours to consider include:

  • Greys: are impressive colours that create a sense of style, sophistication, and professionalism.
  • Greens: bring nature into the office and create a more peaceful feeling.
  • Orange: may be used on an accent wall in a collaborative work area to promote creativity.
  • Blue: is best in lounge areas, as it encourages relaxation and calm.


5. Technology and Data Connectivity

Office technology is necessary for most businesses today and may include the addition of more outlets allowing employees to work in different locations. It also allows them to have more flexibility to work from the office or remotely.

So, updating workplace technology and data connectivity are essential in office design for 2023.

Office design trends for 2023 continue to be based on eco-friendly, sustainable resources, employee wellbeing, and making the office more homelike. These all come together to improve productivity and employee job satisfaction.

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