Offering Freedom and Flexibility with the Dynamic Office Design

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We are seeing something unprecedented in the office—the freedom to choose.  With the dynamic office, employees can enjoy office flexibility, fluid workspaces and a work/life balance they didn’t have before.

A Change in Office Culture and Design

As we say goodbye to 2023 and ring in a new year, we’re seeing profound changes in the office that delivers more of a balance between the needs and wants of the company and those of the employees. Productivity and efficiency remains the goal, but now companies are taking more initiative to be considerate of employee wellbeing and satisfaction when designing the spaces in which they work in.

Why? 


Photo: Friant Novo Workstation

Recent years of the pandemic aftermath showed us that less rigid work schedules and flexible hours are not only a viable option for many — but possibly the best solution. A contradiction to the traditional work model, post-pandemic times reveal that people don’t necessarily have to be in the office all the time in order to do their best work. According to research conducted by the International Workplace Group, a company dedicated to helping others embrace hybrid working, working in their preferred spaces and having flexible work schedules even increased employees’ productivity. 

So how does this progressive work-style change the landscape of our modern office spaces? A lot.

From Traditional to Dynamic

Conventional 9-to-5 hours and 5-day work schedules have in the past shaped our offices to be the traditional workspaces we’ve come to know.  This relatively regimented work culture was very much reflected in the way offices were designed. 

Before, a company would have specific rooms for very specific purposes.  Guests were welcomed entering through a formal reception and sitting area.  There would be one or two main conference rooms that everyone would need to schedule to use.  Desks and workstations were strictly only in designated work spaces.  Usually, there was one appointed training or multi-purpose room. And all employees took their breaks inside the company lounge or break room.


Photo: Scale 1to1 G Series Workstation and Lounge is perfect for the Dynamic Office

In dramatic contrast, the offices we’re seeing today are much different.  They’re being designed and furnished as self-sustaining “neighborhoods” if you will, working more fluidly and organically to not just optimize worker productivity, but better serve employees via an office experience they never had before. 

This is the Dynamic Office.  And we’re going to see a lot more of it.

A Closer Look at the Dynamic Office

What is a dynamic office? A dynamic office is designed to be intuitive to the employee’s natural way of working, offering them choice, flexibility and freedom in choosing the environments that cultivate their productivity and bring out their best work. It’s multi-faceted and multi-purpose.  It provides workers various types of settings to concentrate and work in; connect and collaborate with others; and thrive as modern professionals. 


Photo: Snowsound Snowpouf Sound Absorbing Chair

The idea behind the dynamic office meaning is to spark enthusiasm and engagement by accommodating employees in the ways they live and work today.  A combination of private, semi-private and open spaces, dynamic offices consist of various functioning environments that can facilitate different types of activities.

Private offices can double as a space for focused work, as well as impromptu meetings or one-on-one trainings.  Mobile workstations nested together are ideal for team projects, but can also be separated and sectioned off for individuals needing to concentrate.  Work-pods and private booths may also be used for focused work, especially as touch-down stations for those on-the-go or on hybrid schedules.  But they can also be used for smaller groups to meet, share ideas and collaborate.  Formal conference rooms can double as training rooms, and training rooms as employee breakrooms with kitchens.  The office reception area may also be used as an employee lounge, touchdown area or training room. 


Photo: Scandinavian Spaces Deli Chairs

Dynamic offices are designed to be flexible, adaptable and reconfigurable.  They’re meant to accommodate multiple work styles, interactions and schedules. But most importantly, they’re designed with the employees’ wellbeing and satisfaction in mind.

The Dynamic Office for Hybrid Work

HON Office Furniture said it best: “[We need to shift] into a hybrid way of thinking about our environments.” Hybrid work is ongoing and is definitely here to stay.

To many, splitting time between being in the office and out is the healthiest equilibrium we’ve seen in the workplace since the office was a concept. That’s why hybrid work is in the heart of the dynamic office design.  It provides flexibility for employees to choose the most effective way for them to work and enables a healthy work/life balance that not only accommodates diverse work styles, but for some, optimizes productivity and efficiency.

Hybrid work also has the side effect and benefit of downsizing office spaces. Since less people have to come in on a daily basis, companies don’t need to invest in or lease huge buildings for office space any more, helping them save money. This is why the dynamic office works so well, being able to accommodate multiple types of work styles in multiple types of adaptable and reconfigurable settings. It’s a leaner approach to office space management, and smarter way for companies to downsize and save on capital. 

The Dynamic Office for Hot-Desking

A particular strength of the dynamic office is its inherent ability to accommodate hot-desking. Hot-desking has been around for many decades, mostly to accommodate freelance or contract workers, but is now even more popular with the surge of hybrid work.  It’s an office organization system where workers do not have their own individual workstations anymore.  Instead they choose where and how they want to work from available desks, tables and workstations within the designated rooms and common areas that day.

Hot-desking also carries the key characterization of employee autonomy. It’s one of the many benefits, along with improved collaboration and better employee relationships, as hot-desking gives people the opportunity to work alongside coworkers they may not see otherwise.


Photo: Arcadia TOOaPICNIC Work-pod

Making Your Office Dynamic

How do you design and create a dynamic office?  Implement ergonomically flexible furniture, office accessories and technology to your workspaces so that they can adapt to different work styles. They should ideally be modular, portable and easy to set up. 

Think Global River Lounge or Rouillard Block seating to configure various lounge arrangements in your reception or lounge area.  Add DARRAN Bota, Encore Particles or OFS Strap pull up tables for people who want to work on their tablets or laptops. Lounge areas are infinitely versatile and can be repurposed into a cafeteria or training room with mobile tables like the AMQ Concur tables. 


Photo: AMQ Concur Training Tables

Scandinavian Spaces Deli seating is the perfect dynamic office chair, with its casters and stackability for ease-of-use and storage.  For other environments, you can set up private or semi-private workspaces with Arcadia’s Co-op work-booths or OFS Heya Lounge seating.  Carve out quiet spaces using architectural walls like Loftwall Rooms Wall System and Trendway Clear Wall.  Sound-absorbing technology from Snowsound optimizes acoustics and help to dampen noise to facilitate focused work and concentration.

Photo: Arcadia TOOtheLOUNGE Seating & Work-pods

Work-pods are great for spontaneous meetings and for people to collaborate, such as Arcadia’s TOOtheLOUNGE or TOOaPICNIC.  For workstations, the Scale 1:1 G Series Workstation is an excellent work-desk/lounge solution that encourages connectivity and sharing of ideas.  And Global Terina or Global Bungee tables are great for nesting together for team work or breaking apart for individual work.

A Dynamic Office That’s Works for You

The dynamic office gives freedom, stability and choice back to the employees. It is a stark contrast to the past, when office spaces mirrored a work culture that was more rigid and regimented.  But as people, we have always been dynamic. And now there’s finally an office design that reflects human nature and is a wellspring of innovation and creativity. 

Thank you dynamic office.  We’re glad to finally have you.

We’re Here to Help

Ready to change up your office space? If you’re looking to make your workspace more dynamic, 2010 Office Furniture can help. With over 50 years of combined expert experience in commercial office furniture and space planning, we’re one of the top design and retail providers to some of Southern Californias most recognizable corporations, universities, non-profits and more.

2010 Office Furniture can show you how to optimize your office space and provide a dynamic office experience to help keep your employees engaged and happy.  Contact us today with any questions and let us know of your potential project needs.

Read Also: 2024 Office Trends to Create an Engaging Office Environment
Main Photo: SitOnIt Qwiz Collaboration & Training Seating
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AMQ, Arcadia, Friant, Scale 1to1, Scandinavian Spaces, SitOnIt Seating & Snowsound

Using Mobile and Nesting Desks for Your Office

Mobile and Nesting Desks Global Terina Table

Tired of getting up from your workstation and carrying your laptop from one place to another? Consider a mobile desk. Need more floor space? Try nesting desks, also referred to as stackable desks.  Expand your productivity and office space and bring a new level of flexibility and efficiency to your office environment with mobile and nesting desks.

Mobile desks meet the ongoing demands for mobility with a minimalist appearance. They come in a variety of styles to fit the office needs of every industry. Nesting desks can be used for multiple functions and both types of surfaces reduce the footprint of tables and traditional desks.

They’re some of the trending items for today’s workplace.

Types of Mobile and Nesting Desks

We know about height-adjustable desks and how they move so the user is comfortable and can set the height to the individual’s proper posture. Mobile desks go a bit further, literally.


Photo: ODS Crossroads Workstations

A durable stand and surface for a laptop make them lightweight and since they’re equipped with casters, they’re easy to roll.

Nesting desks are easy to stack and reduce the space that tables and traditional desks often take up. Plus, some function as whiteboards where you can scrawl ideas, flip the top to show what you’re working on, and use the table again as a flat surface.


Photo: AMQ Concur Training Tables

When you’re done, “nest” them together so they’re out of the way. Transporting is easy since they come with a cart like the durable Via Seating Splash Stackable Table.

What else can you do with mobile and nesting desks?

A lot more.

Uses for Mobile and Nesting Desks

Mobile desks are excellent to use for health professionals and other offices where data needs sharing around a conversation. Instructors can also use them, wheeling a laptop or other screens around a conference or training room.

Nesting desks can be used near workstations where a few colleagues gather to collaborate. They can also be used in lounge or breakout areas in addition to training rooms. If floor space is being optimized in your office, then use nesting desks as needed.

You may have a few desks with the tops stacked vertically and neatly against a wall. During a huddle, you may only need one desk. However, if others come into the area where you’re doing a training session, then the additional desks are available as needed.

Nesting desks with writeable surfaces are excellent for professionals like those in engineering firms or robotics companies where spur-of-the-moment ideas are best expressed with quickly drawn diagrams.

What if you plan to move locations soon and you’re already relocating your equipment?

You wouldn’t want a room filled with tables.

Mobile and nesting desks are useful for startup companies and established companies that are changing facilities since they fit with professional décor and don’t look like temporary solutions.

In a spacious executive office, mobile desks can comfortably accommodate laptops or, if you prefer, a pad of paper and pen to take notes during meetings. Nesting desks can easily be pulled out from against the walls.

The finishes are attractive and fit with various office design schemes.

Breakrooms or lounges are also areas suitable for stackable desks where space is at a premium.

Trending Space-Saving Solutions

Using space wisely is important for offices with hybrid work arrangements where employees may either work remotely or work in the corporate setting. But they’re also important for companies with a large in-house staff.

Bulky-looking file cabinets are another item that can take up floor space. Turn to variations on mobile and nesting desks to solve the issue.


Photo: Global Dufferin Desks

Many desking solutions have file cabinets that easily slide below the work surface and blend in. 2010 Office Furniture carries several models including the Global Princeton Desking Workstation. Every component is modular and freestanding. Configuring it to the size and shape you need is easy.


Photo: Global Princeton Design Workstations

Use attractive bookcases as another storage option. They work well as space dividers in open offices or look nice up against permanent walls. The OFS Hitch Shelf and Storage offers a contemporary look while the Deskmakers Catalina Cubbies is more traditional.


Photo: DeskMakers Catalina Cubbies Storage

How about storage and seating?

Try the AMQ Revi Personal Storage unit. It’s a design suitable for both permanent workstations and touchdown spaces where flexibility is needed. A magnetic removable seat cushion creates additional seating space as well.  They are easily transportable and  adaptable to spaces, much like mobile and nesting desks.


Photo: AMQ Revi Pedestals Storage

For audiovisual needs, look to the Rouillard Coast Media Table, a part of the “secluded” Coast Media selection. Features include a sound-absorbing upholstered wall enclosure with a peninsula table that’s attached and takes up a minimum amount of space.


Photo: Rouillard Coast Media Table

Furnishing Solutions with Mobile and Nesting Desks

Consult with the team at 2010 Office Furniture to handle your space planning needs so you can select the right mobile and nesting desks that will serve your team the best.

2010 Office has a half-century of experience working with globally recognized corporations, universities, and small businesses throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

Contact them with your office needs and questions.

Read Also: 6 Types of Spaces Every Office Needs
Main Photo: Global Terina Tables
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AMQ, DeskMakers, Global, ODS & Rouillard