05-Jul-2016 | Press
Sedus is on a quest to create sustainable work spaces for the future and has undertaken a huge research journey aimed at identifying both the needs of the offices today and those of the future.
Looking at mega (society), macro (the workplace) and micro (the office) trends they have been able to pin point specific insights which have led to real results in furniture designs.
They researched both by reading published papers but also and most importantly by their large field research which was conducted in both open plan offices of the leading multi-national companies, to smaller enterprises with collaborative workspaces. Through this research Sedus were able to identify trends in society, tendencies in innovative work spaces and specific changes in the way we do work.
Their findings were that the approach of people in our society today has significantly changed from centuries past. While previously a person was defined by their family’s origin, nowadays people are starting to identify themselves more by the way they do things than by what they actually do. Sedus has identified 4 major factors in this approach; ‘me and myself’ which talks about the self-development, ‘healthy lifestyle’ which addresses people’s desire for balance and wellbeing, ‘technology as an enabler’ which talks about connectivity and access to information, and lastly ‘social us’ which talks about the relationship between the individual and community.
These factors become apparent in the workplace.12 different trend clusters were identified which can be split into 3 groups. Group one addresses the notion that offices are places designed not only to enhance productivity but also to generate a feeling of wellbeing and help to achieve a better overall work-life balance. The second group refers to the office as a system of working environments supported by products and services which enable concentration. Collaboration, this approach highlights the need of freedom of choice regarding how, where and when to work. Group 3 addresses technology and the role it plays in the way we work, with consideration that the main motivating factor for going to the office when technically work can be done anywhere, is for personal growth through networking and knowledge sharing.
Honing into ‘The office’ new working environments have been identified based on an idea of “freedom of choice” which is desired by most employees. These environments can be classified into 4 areas; concentration, contemplation, communication and collaboration. The tasks completed in in each of these environments can be split into two clusters ‘Alone’ or ‘Group’. In the alone paces there is the ‘concertation’ environment, which enables activities such as focus, discretion and informal solo, while in contrast the ‘contemplation’ environment are about relaxation activities. The ‘Group’ spaces are designed for a completely different set of activities with the focus being in aiding working together. The ‘communication’ environment should enable activities such as training, socializing, presentation, cross roads and confidential activities. While ‘collaboration’ should enable brainstorming, informal working and team working.
Having been able to focus their insights on such specific spaces and activities in the office, Sedus has broken down each activity into the different furniture needs and designed furniture specifically to meet these needs. Explore the Sedus range to see more.