Planning an Office that Adapts to the Differing Needs of Employees

Adapting to Employees Allermuir Pause Seating

Your company may have one clear mission and vision statement, but your team is a mix of personalities, body types, schedules, and commutes.  Creating an office space and adapting to employees needs is critical for a successful working environment.

In this age of hybrid schedules and remote working you may have an office space in downtown LA near LA Live and have some employees who live in the Arts District. Others may drive in once or twice a week from the High Desert or Palm Springs.

Some like to stand. Some like to sit—anywhere in the office.

You may have a conference room, but you can also benefit from lounge furniture that can be arranged and re-arranged as needed. It’s an age of multi-use furnishings that serve the dynamics of your office environment.

Let’s see how to design for a range of personalities.

Adapting to Employees’ Physical and Emotional Needs

You can customize your office in many different ways, like equipping for people who have different physical needs and those who have different working habits and styles.

Say you have a finance department where one person likes to sit and another needs to stand for brief periods of time. Height-adjustable desks can be the solutions you need.

Adapting to Employees DeskMakers Ascend Workstation
Photo: Deskmakers Ascend Height Adjustable Workstation

The look and feel of a height-adjustable desk can vary dramatically from one model to another. The DeskMakers Ascend Height Adjustable Desk has a minimalistic appearance. It adjusts easily from one position to another within seconds and comes with many different finishes.

Adapting to Employees Drug Artemis Desk
Photo: Krug Artemis Height Adjustable Desk

For an executive vibe, check the Krug Artemis Height Adjustable Desk.

Get input from your employees so they have buy-in. Ask about their preferences and how they’d like to be accommodated.

Adapting to Employees’ In-Office Working Habits

Not everyone likes to sit at a workstation all day. A change of scenery can help some people be more creative while others prefer stretch breaks and working at different locations throughout the day.

How do you handle the preferences?

HON Abound Workstation
Photo: HON Abound Height Adjustable Workstation

For those who prefer one place to sit and work, equip them with plenty of surface area and set aside boundaries for personal space. The HON Abound Height Adjustable Workstation is a high-tech solution that has numerous configurations. It comes with a wide range of finish options.

Adapting to Employees DARRAN Honey Workspace
Photo: Darran Honey Workspace

A unique solution that’s available is the DARRAN Honey Workspace.

Different styles of cubicles or desks with privacy screens can define personal workspaces and help provide focus.

The Loftwell Split Space Divider can easily fit in new or existing floor plans and it’s also an option for home offices that need separation between personal and professional spaces.


Photo: DeskMakers Synapse Workstations

Does someone need to get away inside the office?

Set aside a lounge area where people can go to answer phones or take their laptops and work. Here are ideas for furnishing the space.

Allermuir Famiglia Chairs
Photo: Allermuir Famiglia Chairs

Use a combination of seating that allows for semi-private conversations and impromptu or planned small-group meetings. A modular seating area that can be arranged and used at the last minute has a distinct advantage over a more formal conference room. It doesn’t have to be reserved and it’s easy to arrange for a small group and then rearrange for the next use.

Look into the ERG International Brighton Modular Lounge Seating, a daring modernization of gathering and meeting spaces.

Adapting to Hybrid and Remote Employees

In many companies, full-time workers may be in the corporate office full-time while others either work remotely or work a hybrid schedule.

Equipping the office to adapt to these schedules includes having flexible office spaces where hybrid and remote workers can settle when they come into the office for meetings. This space can also be used as an area with video conferencing tools for virtual meetings.

What’s a flexible office space?

It could be similar to the lounge area with tables that can easily be set up and taken down when not in use.

It could also be a workstation that’s kept available and is reserved for those who come in for two or three days out of the week.

Adapting to Employees Nevins Volo Media Table
Photo: Nevins Volo Media Table

Install the video conferencing space and tools that are right for you, like the OFS Obeya Architectural Structures or a media table like the Nevins Volow Media Table that fits in any size office space.

You may have a range of people to work with and a variety of expectations to meet, so choose the furnishings that let you adapt to the various needs and create a unified team.

Trust Experience

The team at 2010 Office Furniture has more than a combined 50 years of experience designing offices and adapting to employees needs.  Trust our experts who’s worked in creating modern office spaces and furnishing clients who are among Southern California’s most successful corporations, universities, and small businesses.

Contact 2010 Office Furniture for input on getting as much value as possible from your office environment.

Read Also: Your Guide to the Best Training Furniture for the Office
Main Photo: Deskmakers Synapse Workstation
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Allermuir, DARRAN, Deskmakers, HON, Krug, Nevins

Stylish Noise Reducing Office Furniture Trends for 2024

Noise Reducing Office Furniture OFS Intermix Table

Reduce office noise and boost employee engagement by incorporating noise reducing office furniture at the workplace.

Thats not an easy task because were immersed in noise.

During commutes, listening to an audiobook or the radio in your car is pleasant but there’s still noise. Think of the noises that you hear in your backyard. Or how about parking near your office, whether its in a downtown Los Angeles high-rise or an office near John Wayne Airport?

When you get into the office and settle at your desk, you wont endure car horns or neighbors blasting music during backyard barbeques but youll have other distractions.

Take a look at this:

Even moderate noise in an office can result in high levels of stress and lower task motivation, according to a 2021 study from Cornell University:

Workers in the noisy office experienced significantly higher levels of stress, made 40 percent fewer attempts to solve an unsolvable puzzle, and made only half as many ergonomic adjustments to their workstations as did their colleagues in quiet offices.”

Does that mean you have to put up solid walls?

No. Get fashionable.

You can use noise reducing office furniture that help with office acoustics with stylish designs that blend with your existing decor using some of the latest new fabrics.

Channeling and reducing sound helps make the office a desirable place for your employees.

Heres a fabric that keeps the office looking stylish and absorbs noise: PET Felt.

What is PET Felt?

When you take the materials used to make plastic bottles and reuse it as fabrics — thats Polyethylene Terephthalate, better known as PET Felt.

PET is especially well-suited for use in design-led acoustics since its lightweight, dense, durable, and rigid: all properties that make it ideal for acoustic design. Add to that it achieves a Class O fire rating, as noted by Sound Zero, an acoustic sound design firm in the U.K.

Lets see a specific use of this recycled material.

Lamps with PET Felt

Reducing or channeling office noise doesnt mean putting up barriers. Help can come from unexpected places using noise reducing office furniture with the right materials.

Like PET felt on office lamps.

Now, would you have thought an office lamp could absorb sound? Dutch designers did and showcased their products on Dezeen.com.

The lamps hang nicely above tables with a relatively low profile and act almost like an upside-down umbrella. They dont call attention to themselves but blend in nicely with the surroundings.

Noise Reducing Office Furniture Absorb and Deflect Those Noises

Now lets look at other ways to reduce noise in the office with accompanying noise reducing office furniture.


Photo: OFS Intermix Conference Table

Set up a welcoming type of conference room. Click on the 2010 Office Inspiration page and browse a modern conference room space. It doesnt have to be completely enclosed. Imagine a space with one wall as a whiteboard, another wall being a clear architectural wall, and a monitor attached to a wall with a doorless opening to walk in and out of freely.


Photo: Snowsound Clasp Fiber Room Divider

Many lounge seating arrangements are attractive, comfortable, and are designed to keep conversations focused around a table so the noise doesn’t drift away. In fact they make great noise reducing office furniture because of the padding and fabric that they’re usually made from.


Photo: Arcadia Contract TOOtheLOUNGE Seating

Look at the Arcadia TOOtheLOUNGE Seating with practical configurations and colorful appearances to brighten any office environment. It can be an individual “oasis” or set up to accommodate a few people. Make it as closed or as open as you want.


Photo: Nevins Bio Canvas Frame

Green office panels help you control the acoustics while adding a touch of nature to your surroundings. The Nevins Bio Canvas Frame has a lightweight frame and uses bark, moss, and stone panels. No maintenance is required.

Bookcases are another way to absorb and deflect sounds and make great noise reducing office furniture. What do you put on them? Decorative pieces. Plants. Books. Trophies from the office softball team. Get creative.

You’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Look for an eye-catching design like the OFS Hitch Shelf and Storage. It’s a modular system to showcase your personality.


Photo: OFS Rowens Shelf and Credenza

The OFS Rowen Shelf and Credenza has a library feel while the DARRAN Chameleon Storage has a more boxy style.


Photo: DARRAN Chameleon Storage

Dont forget green plants. Wider leaves deflect sound waves and all types of plants purify the air. Plus, theyre visually refreshing. Good Housekeeping compiled a listing of 15 plants including the spider plant and birds nest fern.

These ideas are relatively easy to implement and we didnt even include cubicles or architectural walls.  But all these are good options for noice reducing office furniture.

Office Space Planning and Design for Noise Reducing Office Furniture

Absorbing sound waves are one part of overall office planning.

What do you feel your greatest needs are? Ask the team at 2010 Office Furniture and theyll bring more than 50 years of experience into your space planning and furniture sourcing solutions.

2010 Offices clients are Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, universities, and small businesses.

Contact them with your potential project needs and when you’re ready to include noise reducing office furniture into your office space.

Read Also: Choosing the Best Office Dividers and Filing Systems
Main Photo: OFS Intermix Conference Table
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Arcadia Contract, DARRAN, Nevins, OFS and Snowsound

Get Inspired with These Top 10 Office Design Trends for 2024

Office Design Trends for 2024 Friant Dash Desk

Keep your office refreshed or plan an entirely new space using these 10 office design trends for 2024.

Make your workspace a destination where employees want to enter. Inspire them to get engaged in their professional strengths while blending their individual personalities with the companys brand.

Thats not an easy feat and requires expert space planning, but the benefits include people who feel ownership of their work and know that theyre well supported.

Some experts find that human-centric workspaces are more likely to exhibit high performance and are likely to attract younger talent.

Lets take a closer look.

Next-Level Collaborative Spaces

Offices have gone from traditional solid walls and conference rooms to open offices.  What are office design trends for 2024 looking like?

Open-office plans made a big splash by removing physical walls and using bench workstations and seating to bring workers together. But critics realized that people still needed private spaces to focus.

Now, traditional meetings may be going goodbye, too.

Shopify cut down the number of employee meetings this year, as reported on LinkedIn, and the company expects several teams to complete 25% more projects by the end of the year compared to last year.

What to do?

The need for communication and collaboration remains. Find creative ways to share corporate values and goals while creating welcoming environments.

Get ideas on work environments that reflect your corporate brand on the 2010 Office Inspirations page, an online showcase revealing possibilities.

Planning for Personality as Office Design Trends for 2024

Your company has a brand personality and the people who work for you, and with you, have their unique personalities.

Check out these following office design trends for 2024 and see what works for your company.

Use corporate spaces to reflect the Big Picture, just like the National Hockey League did at their offices in Manhattan at One Manhattan West. Bold graphics with team logos line a hallway.

Your company can incorporate the golden hues of the mountains around Los Angeles County and Orange County and blend the teal of ocean waves with the shimmering skies.


Photo: Maverick Gravity Reception Desk

Begin with the reception area where you can incorporate your brand with the reception desk, guest chairs, and tables.

Or you can pay homage to the regions once plentiful orange groves or other historic attributes.


Photo: Scale 1:1 Eyhov Workstation

Let your employees bring their personalities out within their workstations to showcase hobbies and special skills.

Multi-Purpose Spaces

Designing spaces with multiple uses is a big part of office design trends for 2024.

Lounge areas can be used for individuals who need to take calls or want to do work away from their desks. The same spaces can also use furniture that can be reconfigured for use by a small group. Remote workers who stop by for in-person meetings can use those same spaces to touchdown and get themselves organized.

Flexible Environments

This is similar to multi-purpose spaces but think of a breakroom having room and pods where people can have focused conversations. Make your office like a coffee shop.

Use architectural walls to create conference rooms and training spaces.

Equipped for Remote Workers

Video conferencing areas with tables made for the occasion are excellent ways to accommodate remote workers and in-person staff who need to attend virtual trainings and other important meetings.

Channeling Sound


Photo: AMQ 3F Acoustic Panels


Photo: Friant Interra Cubicle

Use acoustic panels, cubicles, and stylish bookcases to direct sound. Dont let important conversations distract others who need to focus.

Furnishings for Well-Being


Photo: Rouillard FX Chair


Photo: Workrite Astra 3 Task Light

Ergonomics is the study of fitting equipment to meet a persons well-being. Ergonomic chairs, height-adjustable desks, and task lighting create an environment that helps reduce physical stress and strain.

Blending Professional and Personal as Office Design Trends for 2024

Stepping into the corporate office doesnt mean you have shut the door on your personal life. And being employed means you might still have a home office.

Allow more blending to take place in the office, especially between workers of different generations.

Why?

Digging further into the Gartner studies, its stated that Gen Z has missed out on developing soft skills, such as negotiating, networking, speaking confidently in front of crowds, and developing the social stamina and attentiveness required to work long hours, in an in-person environment.”

Encouraging mentoring and working across age and cultural differences can benefit all.

Welcoming Nature

Already popular but still going strong into office design trends for 2024 are going green and biophilia.

Make sure you green up the office. Use plants throughout to provide a pleasant look and freshen the air. Place greenery on the walls by using the Nevins Bio Canvas Frame, a stunning selection of moss, bark, and stone panels with no maintenance required.”

Using Light


Photo: Friant Dash Revitalize Workstation

Remember to let in as much natural light as possible. Weve got plenty of it in Southern California and there are many ways to let it filter throughout an open office using bench seating and translucent privacy screens instead of solid walls.

Turn to Experience for Office Design Trends for 2024

Planning spaces for well-known corporations, meeting the needs of universities, and providing solutions for small businesses takes a knowledge of how work flows and what people need.

Turn to the team at 2010 Office Furniture to update your workspace following top office design trends for 2024.  Tap into more than a combined half-century of experience serving clientswho are among Southern Californias most distinguished companies.

Contact them and let them know your project needs.

Read Also: Office Trends that Keep Employees Engaged and Productive
Main Photo: Friant Dash Desk
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AMQ, FriantMaverick, Rouillard, Scale 1:1 and Workrite