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5 workspace predictions for 2023

With the economic climate continuing to remain unpredictable, and cost of living continuing to play on the minds of many – will we see a change in how people view the workspace?

Will more people choose to work in the office to manage their own costs?

We will be discussing what we predict for the workspace in 2023.

Make it your hub

Taking the topical subject of ‘finding balance’ into consideration, and the thought of hybrid working, leads to making your space your hub or your destination office. The office is no longer somewhere people come just to work, as they can do that from home. Instead, they come for the coffee, the interactions with their colleagues, collaboration, to get out of the house, with some work thrown in…

Businesses are quickly filling their spaces with places that will attract their staff back in, maybe by having an onsite gym or social space or somewhere that staff can prioritise their mental well-being.

Technology and connectivity

Throughout the pandemic, we saw a rise in the popularity of better technology to support remote workers. It also saw a realisation that distance doesn’t have to limit scope with clients – and neither does the workplace. With the right audio-visual equipment, you can keep connected with your clients who may not be able to travel to your space to see you. Our project with apadmi, included a full audio-visual suite which enables them to keep in contact with staff from their other offices and remote clients.

The rise of productivity apps that help project management and communication will continue to rise and we will see app integration having more of an influence within workspace design, with desk reservations, locker allocation and meeting room booking becoming more prominent, especially in a plug and play type of space.

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity will continue to gain traction, in its importance and what benefits it can have for your business. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the term “neurodivergent” describes people whose brain differences affect how their brain works. That means they have different strengths and challenges from people whose brains don’t have those differences.

Their different perspective and creativity can give your team a competitive edge and take your business to the next level. However, there may some things that you can do to accommodate their differences, such as having quiet areas for focus work, better acoustic treatments, better use of natural light and using soft furnishings.

Hybrid working and flexibility

Hybrid working is here, and it is here to stay. As is increased flexibility in the workplace. Whether this be, the choice of where you work – be it a collaborative space or in a focused area or how many days you work remotely.

According to Glassdoor and Indeed’s Hiring and workplace trends report 2023 will continue to see a tight labour market with employers vying for top talent. That means workers will still have the upper hand when it comes to demanding higher pay, better benefits, remote work options and other perks.

Co-working spaces

The growing use of co-working spaces, or spaces that business can rent out, are also something we will be seeing more of in 2023. Rather than having an office for remote workers to work from, businesses are looking to hire out space which means that remote staff have somewhere they can work from, with flexible desk space and meeting rooms.

Looking to get in touch to make your workspace better for what 2023 will bring? Email us on projects@officeinsight.co.uk or ring us on 0161 233 0030.

Carlie Dunbar

Written on the 23rd May 2024 by

Working behind the scenes, Carlie assists with the purchasing and setting up of new projects and looks after day-to-day tasks within the office.

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