2018 is sure to be an exciting year. Offices will continue to evolve and modernize, so if you’re curious about upcoming trends, here are a few of the top predictions.
A Greater Emphasis on Healthy Employees
Soldiering through the workday when you’re fighting off an illness isn’t productive, and encourages the spread of contagious viruses or bacteria. While it may seem heroic to show up to work regardless of how you’re feeling, many offices no longer appreciate this choice. In 2018, look for more workplaces to place employee health as a top priority.
The Importance of Interpersonal Relationships
If you want your team to truly stand out and produce excellent work, they’ll need to be more than just acquaintances. Global companies like Apple and Atlassian recognize the importance of a tight-knit team, and provide ample opportunities for team building sessions in a fun, relaxed environment. As time goes on, we’ll likely start to see more businesses following this trend.
Growing Prevalence of Artificial Intelligence
Technology continues to improve, which may lead to an increased prevalence of artificial intelligence within the workplace. Chat bots are becoming more widespread, replacing the need for lower level customer service representatives. AI isn’t limited to customer service, however. This in-demand technology is also popular for data mining and team management. For example, Overstock uses a chat bot called Mila for HR purposes. In this case, Mila communicates with managers to let them know when an employee is ill and won’t be in the office. This can be a huge time-saver for offices of all sizes, so be on the lookout for innovative uses for AI.
Increasingly Flexible Workspaces
Recent years have ushered in the era of flexible workspaces, but 2018 is expected to take this trend one step further. Many companies are beginning to embrace collaborative environments, so expect to see the traditional cubicles fade out of style. Modern offices will likely offer open floor plans and unassigned seating for maximum employee freedom. As companies compete for top-quality talent, you may also notice an improvement in office design. Gone are the days of stale, boring buildings: instead, you may see vibrant art, sleek furniture, and well-stocked break rooms.
The workplace trends mentioned here are expected to make a formidable impression in 2018 and beyond. If you’d like to update your office’s image, consider purchasing Glass Office Chair Mats for your team. When each workspace is equipped with this ergonomic feature, your employees will benefit from increased comfort and maneuverability. To browse our 12 in-stock sizes or discuss custom options, please visit us at vitrazza.com. We’re always happy to help you choose the ideal product, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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