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The death of “traditional” office design

19 Jun 2018

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The open-plan format that dominated office design for the past century is being consigned to the dustbin of architectural history

Today’s offices need to cater to 21st century roles. Unlike generations of workers before them, modern employees want – and often demand – flexible spaces that are conducive to thinking and that help them perform the tasks required of them. These might include acoustic booths, soft-seating areas or standing desks.

Research shows that features of modern offices, such as natural daylight, windows with views of trees and plants and better air quality can all help employees think, remember, concentrate and perform better. Improvements such as better lighting and less carbon dioxide boost productivity and reduce staff sickness levels, these studies suggest.

To form the perfect working environment, dynamic workplaces should include agile spaces for collaboration, concentration and contemplation. We’ve designed our new facility around these ground-breaking working practices, giving clients the perfect opportunity to envisage how these concepts could be adapted to form a perfect working environment and help transform business performance and wellbeing.

The first C – concentration space – is required to scrutinize data. The speed, flow and sheer volume of digital data that is generated by most organisations today requires focused attention and analysis. Knowledge workers need spaces to really interrogate the information, to get their head down, to think and plan free from ‘groupthink’, away from noise and distraction.

The second C – collaboration space – is required to share data. Everyone brings their own data sets and data streams to the party; the best way to harness the potential of all this information – to see the connections and spot the gaps – is through intense teamwork in a special environment dedicated to the group. This is different from the casual geographical proximity of the open plan office; this is about coming together for a fixed period to get collaborative work done, with the right tools, the right atmosphere and the correct settings in place.

The third C – contemplation space – is required to shun the data, to escape from it. We are in the slipstream of a multi-channel digital revolution so profound and so intense that we risk burnout in trying to deal with all the data and information flying at us 24 hours a day. (It almost makes you nostalgic for the days when just responding to emails was the main challenge.) Contemplation space is designed as an oasis to restore mind and body; it is off the beaten track and away from the madding crowd. In many contemplation spaces, laptops, mobiles or tablets are banned. It’s time off from staring at a screen. It’s time to sleep, dream and think, to let the mind go free.

At POS Interiors we create spaces that inspire, motivate, increase productivity and improve wellbeing. If you would like to view our new showroom please get in touch.

Sarah.allisette@posinteriors.com