Office Space Trends from the Past and How They’ve Improved

The first office buildings began to emerge in the early 1700s. When the British Empire started dabbling more in trade and service industries, office buildings were built to house the professionals doing daily business. While those old offices were all about supporting the basics of business function, today, offices are far more efficient and comfortable. Take a look at a few past office space trends and how they have changed over the years.

Smaller Spaces with Fewer In-Office Staff Members

Traditionally, large offices were required to support a large workforce. In fact, if you look back even a few decades ago, most offices were jam-packed with employees, and each employee had limited space. However, thanks to technology, many business processes are automated today, eliminating the need for people to fill specific roles. Further, more remote workers can now fulfill their roles at home for the same company.

Greater Attention to Office Workplace Safety and Comfort

Working in an office was once thought to be the safest occupation a person could have. Though office work is relatively safer than other physical jobs, we now understand that sitting in front of a computer all day can pose workplace safety concerns. Designers develop modern offices to be safer and more comfortable. You can find things such as:

  • Ergonomic office chairs that fully support the spine
  • Adjustable computer screens and keyboards to prevent eye and wrist discomfort
  • Adjustable light fixtures to reduce or prevent eye strain
  • Air filtration systems to support healthy indoor air quality

More Flexible Workstations and Collaboration Areas

Office cubicles were introduced in the 1960s to make the office workspace more efficient. Before that point, most offices were lined with tables and desks, and workers were seated side by side. Cubicles offered more privacy and seclusion in crowded spaces. However, cubicles have long since grown to be an outdated office implement. The workforce is usually smaller, allowing workstations to be more open. Further, workplace collaboration is more commonplace. Therefore, setups are more open and fluid to support team collaborations.

Greater Dedication to Employee Downtime

Employee downtime has been discussed in modern business over the last few years. In addition, there is a greater understanding of mental health and the importance of break rooms conducive to rest and rejuvenation. For these reasons, designers create modern offices with exceptional attention to areas employees use to unwind. Not only will you find a standard break room with tables for having lunch and vending machines, but you will also see quiet rooms, various seating options, and more.

Office Relocation Help

Without question, what we consider an efficient office space today looks far different. If you are planning to relocate your business to a more efficient, modern place, we can help. Reach out to the team for a detailed moving quote to start.




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