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First look: 2017 workplace trends

As the business of doing business continues its rapid evolution in 2017, so will the way we get it done. Advances in technology, new developments in how people work together and the Millennial impact on office culture will continue to influence how we approach work.

Below are insights into trends we may see emerge in 2017’s offices.

Integration

As in recent years, the integration of technology into office furniture will continue to rise. USB ports, minimal storage and an increase in outlets within the office are just some of the ways office spaces are adapting to changing needs. Along with the adaptation to wireless laptops and digital files, technology will drive mobility and the ability to work from anywhere – within the office or remotely.

Collaboration

bizinsights_nbf_office-trends-11292016Collaboration will continue to grow in popularity, transforming how offices are laid out. Cubicle walls will be lowered or even removed altogether. By bringing down physical barriers between employees, employers break down the walls in communication as they provide more opportunity for engagement – and productivity. As co-workers embrace the added freedom to work together, furniture that is versatile and durable will be held in high esteem for casual breakouts among employees.

However, the need for private offices will not completely go away; many employees will always prefer the space to focus for certain kinds of work. Unassigned private alcoves or offices allow that privacy when it’s needed, while still encouraging the collaborative work environment.

Adaptability

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In 2017 we will see workplaces not only becoming more collaborative, but also more adaptable. Diverse employee work styles, space for collaboration, and the mobility of work will solidify the trend toward transitional and shared spaces. Employees may only come in for certain days, or work from anywhere within the office. There will be an increased need for multipurpose furniture, such as table desks that can be placed in private or collaborative spaces to be used singly as a personal desk or together for a team meeting.

Looking forward to 2017

Changing work styles, technology and culture will drive how we use our office spaces in 2017. Fortunately, the rise in collaboration and mobility lend themselves to spaces that scale well for all office sizes and budgets. The sky is the limit on creativity, with more opportunity than ever to customize a workspace that’s exactly right for your business.

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As General Manager at National Business Furniture, Rick works with vendors and suppliers to select and develop new and unique product lines that meet the ever-changing demands of National Business Furniture’s customers. Rick’s goal is to make it easier for customers to select complete, attractive and functional office furniture that will work for them and make them productive for years to come.

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