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

2024 Office Trends to Create an Engaging Office Environment

2024 Office Trends Senator Haven Pods

What’s in store for 2024 office trends and what do we watch out for?

When Edmunds, the car people, opened their office in Santa Monica several years ago they suspended a Corvette above the reception desk.

The staff coffee bar was designed without traditional solid walls and featured chrome wheels arranged behind the coffee pots.

Fun? Engaging?

These touches reinforced the staffs mission and created a creative office environment.

Workstations were grouped together according to tasks and departments, but people were free to move around the office if they needed a change of scenery.

How do you plan an office space with design trends that bring the best out of your team and puts them in a mindset to succeed?

Lets read on.

Creating Community

Think of your office space as an engaging community, not just a place thats solely functional. In a pleasant community, there are places where residents converse and move easily along a main street.


Photo: Friant Nik Lounge Chair

They know they belong.

Harvard Business Review addressed this just a few years ago and found that 40% of people feel isolated at work. Look at the benefits of belonging, as described in The Value of Belonging at Work”:

High belonging was linked to a whopping 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk, and a 75% reduction in sick days.”

Creating a place of community and belonging is definitely up there in 2024 office trends.  Now take some steps in creating a community.

Your 2024 Office Trends Roadmap

2024 office trends are all about creating engaging spaces.  And engaging offices dont just happen. Theyre well-planned. The team at 2010 Office Furniture knows this. They bring over a half-century of combined experience planning office spaces and furnishing recognizable brands in Southern California.

Think through your own roadmap. Start by thinking through the following questions:

Function: how is your office currently functioning and how can the functions be improved? Does the workflow bog down in any specific area?

Charting the function helps you to see how to brand your office for employees and visitors from the time they step into the reception area and move to the interior spaces.

Needs of the team: what types of workstations, desks, and chairs best meet the task needs and physical needs of your team?

Bring ergonomics into the picture by matching the employees needs with the furnishings that will provide for their well-being and help them do their best.

Aesthetics

Now you can integrate your branding with the details that help motivate your team by placing them in a positive mindset.

Check the 2010 Office Inspirations page, an online showcase highlighting 2024 office trends that lend to an engaging environment.

See how different elements like furnishings and colors blend to create inviting workspaces with a specific look and feel.


Photo: OFS Eleven Wood Table

The Scandinavian office has minimal simplicity while an upbeat contemporary office mixes and matches an array of colors and furnishings.


Photo: Stylex NYC Wrap-Over Lounge

Everyday Life

In communities, people like to come together but still have quiet spaces. Its like being alone … together.

Open office designs are here to stay, but 2024 office trends bring a sense of boundaries back in.  No doubt, its important to define spaces such as specific places for workstations in a department. Lets use the marketing department as an example. Someone will need creative focus when writing up the campaign slogans of a specific product.

However, they cant do this in isolation. They need to interview others to get their inspiration.

Have interactive spaces where the marketing team gathers with the production team to highlight the benefits of your next great project. This is where you let ideas flow with robust conversations.

Heres another trend to be aware of.

Add video conferencing to the mix so you can have internal teams and participants working remotely.

How do you handle it all?

Go Modular

2024 office trends includes the power of keeping it flexible and adaptable.  And Modular furnishings keep you in control. You can easily accommodate workers on hybrid schedules and people working on a freelance basis. They can come in at scheduled times for a day or a meeting before leaving to finish their tasks elsewhere.

Just like a community, isnt it?

People come and go but theyre brought together under the banner of fulfilling corporate goals.

Think of the breakroom as the General Store where informal discussions can lead to collaborative gatherings.


Photo: ERG International Carlton Stools

Cities use parks as green spaces to enhance the quality of life. Your equivalent could be designing lounge areas for both spontaneous small group use and individual use.


Photo: OCI Seating Breeze Lounge

It’s also possible with So Cal’s sunny weather to design indoor-outdoor spaces.

Why be limited by four walls?

Make sure office functionality is present and people’s needs are met. Use these ideas to make your office environment an engaging place that inspires people both professionally and personally.

Great Office Spaces with 2024 Office Trends

An engaging office environment is one where people know they’re supported while being challenged professionally.

Get expert input from 2010 Office Furniture and their space planning services along with their ability to furnish what you need.

Their focus is on helping you create the spaces that work best while bringing in quality that will last.

Contact them with your questions and possible project needs.

Read Also: Plan Your Office Branding for the Employee Experience
Main Photo: Senator Haven Pod
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: ERG International, Friant, National, OCI Seating, OFS, Senator, Stylex