Workplace Trends: #7 – Space is defined by work style not status
The evolution of the office environment has seen great changes, and as technology advances as well as transforms in shape and size, corporate interiors will only continue to morph in new directions.
One of the most evident shifts has been the breaking down of barriers at all levels of the corporate structure, starting with the office walls. Less enclosed offices and lower workstation panels are opening lines of communication. Executives are now in the mix, sometimes literally in the middle of the office in a workstation. Big decisions often happen out in the open now in a collaborative area rather than behind closed doors.
These blurred hierarchical lines have changed the office dynamic, as have the demographics of the typical corporate team. Multiple generations engaging in the workplace require spaces that accommodate varying needs and work habits. In essence, office space is now defined by work style rather than status. Designing office environments with product solutions that address a variety of work styles as well as support both collaboration and a need for privacy creates a dynamic workspace. This shifts the focus from the title of the people doing the work to the caliber of the work being completed. Designing for style rather than status makes a powerful statement about the 21st Century Office.