The world of office work has changed dramatically over the last few years. The idea of having a permanent office anywhere now has been called into question, and employers are trying to adapt to new expectations.
So, what office trends can we expect in 2023?
- Hot desking
Hot desking is one innovation that has come to the fore since the pandemic and looks set to continue. This makes more sense for hybrid workers because they come into the office on a more flexible basis.
If you are an employer offering this, though, you should be aware of the potential risk to confidential information. Check that important documents aren’t left on any desks at the end of a workday and store them somewhere safe overnight, if they are.
Hot desking also presents the possibility that important conversations will be overheard by unexpected parties. Protect confidentiality by ensuring your employees have a private space they can use for phone calls. As renowned law firm Withers observes, confidentiality can be protected by having a “coworking space policy” where an employer has considered “whether certain risks coworking arrangements are appropriate at all, or what measures can be put in place to address any increased risks”.
An estimated 15-20% of the population is “neurodivergent”. This umbrella term includes people with ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia. As awareness of this grows, office workers are raising their expectations of employers. We’re likely to see workplaces become more flexible and adaptable so that they can become a more friendly environment for all.
The specific needs of neurodiverse employees range from individual to individual. Common adaptions may include access to quiet areas where they might feel more productive, flexible break times and flexibility around home working.
Neurodiversity is an asset to any company and can result in a wider scope of creative and innovative ideas. With a little understanding from employers, this potential can be harnessed to everyone’s benefit.
As sustainability becomes more of a shared concern, green offices are becoming something that workers value.
Heating and lighting are two crucial aspects of commercial buildings that affect their environmental impact. Consider making the building more energy efficient. Switching to LED lightbulbs, installing more windows and checking insulation for broken seals or holes are all proactive first steps toward a greener workplace.
- Advertising the office to attract talent
During recruitment, the office space itself is likely to play a more important role in the way jobs are marketed to potential employees. Many job hunters are actively looking for a role that offers a sociable office environment with a certain level of visual appeal.
Employers are now realising that to attract talent, it’s a good idea to showcase flattering photos of their office online.
Office working has changed a lot in the past few years, and it’s clearly still evolving! What changes will you be most excited to see?
Photo credits: Coworking London