The future of commercial office spaces: trends and innovations

Published 08/08/2023
3 minutes

The Covid-19 pandemic, mixed with rising interest rates and the cost of living crisis have acted as a catalyst for change where new trends and innovations have transformed the way offices appear and are used. The rise of remote work and an increased understanding of employee expectations has led to companies adapting or moving offices to best suit their company and staff’s needs. 

During 2023 so far we’ve seen an increase in the use of: 

  • AI and Machine Learning to help offices run more efficiently  
  • Collaborative work spaces 
  • Greater Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (CSR)
  • Resimercial designs
  • Biofilia designs

So let’s explore the latest trends and innovations you could introduce to your office space. 

The use of AI and Machine Learning

Machine learning and AI is becoming increasingly popular within offices as they can be used to automate tasks and increase efficiency. For example, there are AI-powered smart buildings that can monitor and control lighting, heating and ventilation. Machine learning can also be used to predict and prevent maintenance issues as well as to create personalised work environments that support and enhance employee productivity and comfortability. 

People are looking for more open and collaborative workspaces 

This style of workspace is becoming increasingly popular, as flexible layouts help to increase productivity and collaboration. They tend to have a mix of meeting rooms, breakout rooms and shared spaces where employees can go to different areas for a change of scenery, to focus on their work or to have their lunch away from their desk. 

These types of workspaces also help create internal relationships, allowing businesses to build a strong company culture, as they put employees first by offering multiple working spaces that suit different people’s needs and preferences. 

Companies are implementing greater Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (CSR)

This means that offices are focussing on including eco-friendly materials and products within the construction and decoration of their office spaces. 

Businesses implementing CSR also introduce things like waste reduction and recycling programmes and sustainable practices, such as bike to work schemes that can improve the companies overall environmental impacts. 

While CSR practices reduce their carbon footprint, it also helps to attract and retain environmentally conscious employees that may implement some of these processes into their home life, helping make a difference to the planet.

If you’re looking at increasing your Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, it’s a great way to help save the planet while boosting productivity and overall well being of your staff. 

The rise of Resimercial design

With more and more people working hybrid we’re seeing a move toward balanced work and home environments. This essentially means that people are looking for the company’s office spaces to have the familiarity and comfort of being at home. 

This can be achieved through designing spaces with industry furniture that has the cosiness that your home furniture would have. This therefore encourages employees to commute to the office regularly. 

The move toward Biophilia designs

This trend focuses on the relationship between humans and nature, by introducing natural products and materials into spaces. You could introduce this to your office space by adding planters on top of desks and cabinets or through using freestanding dividers with plant shelves and moss panels. 

Encouraging this within your company can improve air quality within rooms, boost moods and increase productivity. 

Leasing office space with Millennium Point

Here at Millennium Point we have a range of both long term and short term office spaces available, centred in the heart of Birmingham. 

With flexible ownership options and a friendly team of staff on site to help you with your every need, we’re sure that we’ve got a space perfect for you!

To discover more about our available properties and how they could suit your business’ needs, get in touch with us today!

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