The office workplace is an environment that has seen much change over the last decade. From updated technology to construction materials, employers and employees alike have realized the average office space needs to adapt.
Where it used to be
We’ve all been there—the stuffy office space with only a few windows, many walls, and the same color patterns throughout. File cabinets used to be in any area where they would fit. Most employees dealt with sharing space with a personal printer. It left less room for comfort and more room for isolation. But over the years, businesses have seen the value in increasing the quality of the work environment in order to boost morale, attract talented employees, and enhance their bottom line.
Where it is going and why
Colors, windows, noise, collaboration, benching, wellness, and amenities—these are all major topics of discussion in the modern workplace. Many new factors are now being considered during the design and creation of new offices.
- Color is being used to promote certain moods in specific environments, instead of being selected on personal preferences. For example, blue hues are being used for a calming effect, while bright colors have been shown to improve focus and accuracy.
- Windows are now being placed in open areas to allow light to flow throughout, instead of in individual offices which traps light. This also gives employees a chance to interact with nature. Even if it is visual interaction from indoors, this perceived contact has a positive impact.
- Noise is thought about differently in varying environments in order to make tasks more efficient and comfortable. Piping in white noise or music has become a common practice in many work environments.
And then, there is the important focus on office collaboration. The workplace is seeing several different types of collaborative areas to bring employees together.
Some offices have decided to incorporate “benching” to create shared desks and work areas. This can be especially valuable when you have a group of employees that spend a lot of time traveling, or maybe for someone on your team who doesn’t need a permanent workspace. Benching can be used when employees are working on different projects and need to move around the office to work with different groups of people. All in all, the concept of benching has the ability to boost productivity by enhancing office communication and making projects move faster.
Wellness and amenities are also main concerns that bring about many conversations in the planning process. From managing stress levels to retaining talent, businesses are adding incentives within the workplace to encourage and boost their employees. It’s becoming more common to see offices with gyms, social gathering spaces, and more.
How has this affected Huntsville?
Huntsville has already seen some of these changes first hand. As companies re-locate and real estate investors purchase new property, you will notice more and more of this. The construction materials, layout, design, location, amenities, etc., are all just a few qualities that were considered on the following Crunkleton projects:
104 Jefferson Street
The tenants, Prime Lending and KPS Group Architects, are both operating out of a modern workplace and came from very traditional environments.
315 Franklin Street
The first-floor tenant, Haufe, is in and operating.
This development is in its early stages but has the ability to offer very modern environments.
ADS, located at Bridgestreet, built an environment their employees could thrive in.
Crunkleton: Commercial Real Estate Group’s Office
We built a space that has flexible workspace in an open and inviting environment.
How can we help?
If you think your office setting could use an upgrade, or if you’re looking for a new space to transform your office into the modern workplace, don’t hesitate to call us at 256-536-8809 to see how we can assist you.
As one of the team’s dedicated office brokers, I will work with you and your team in finding the perfect space to help maximize your company’s full potential.
Have other questions about adapting office spaces? Let us know in the comments below!
ERIC ST. JOHN
CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP