TREND 1: THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Agile working, scrumming and Alternative Workplace Strategies focus on interaction and collaboration. Open and central meeting places displace spaces for individual work. Along with this, the amount of communication has increased exponentially and there are fewer spaces for silence, reflection and contemplation.

Employees experience more work pressure, stress, frustration and time pressure due to disruptions. The average knowledge worker has eleven minutes of focused time. This increases the added value of silence within the work environment. For example, silence has a positive influence on creative thinking and decision-making processes. And silence creates space for your brain to go to the thought-mode.

For too long there has only been attention for noise as disturbance. 2018 is the year in which the Sound of Silence is again valued as a quality in the work environment and a fringe benefit.


TREND 2: THE LIFESTYLE OFFICE

For years, workspace was offered with its location as the only distinguishing factor. The financial and property crisis led to the creation of providers of full-service offices and flexible office spaces. With differences in appearance, work style and community present, the office became a brand.

A successful office not only offers a place to work, but also creates the urgency to go to the office. Missing social interaction, team dynamics or a unique event evokes a feeling of Fear Of Missing out the Office. This requires a community manager who transforms the office into a home base where you want to be: the office as a destination.

TREND 3: THE RISE OF INTRAPRENEURSHIP

For a long time, a workplace at the company’s headquarters was the holy grail for young talents to stand out, make a career and follow a traineeship. Now they strive for their own start-up and entrepreneurship. More and more companies are opening their offices for ‘intrapreneurs’: employees who fulfill an entrepreneurial role within or across the boundaries of the existing organization. The embrace of intrapreneurs means investing in new ideas.

Intrapreneurs are not part of fixed structures and are literally placed outside the office walls if possible. In 2018, the traditional separation between the head office and the back office will fade and a mix of buildings and locations focusing on work processes will emerge.