The Changing Face Of Workspace: Office Trends In 2024

The Changing Face Of Workspace: Office Trends In 2024 (and Beyond)

April 26th, 2024

Discover the shifts and emerging trends that will be shaping the world of work in 2024 and beyond. Explore our latest guide on office trends, from the types of spaces businesses are seeking out to the most pressing operational challenges companies are facing right now. And is hybrid really here to stay? Keep reading to learn more…

Bespoke space becomes more accessible  

Gone are the days when businesses had to settle for cookie-cutter office spaces. In 2024, the trend towards bespoke work environments is making personalisation more accessible than ever before. No longer confined to large enterprises leasing large spaces, even those businesses with smaller offices are now afforded the opportunity to shape their workspace to their unique needs and preferences.

Landlords and flexible workspace providers are increasingly embracing the concept of bespoke fit-outs. Walls are being moved, unique meeting rooms are being created, and tailored layouts are becoming the norm, regardless of office size.

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The rise of managed spaces

Another notable trend in 2024 is the shift towards managed spaces alongside traditional serviced offices. Managed spaces offer clients a customisable experience, allowing them to select from a menu of options to design their ideal workspace – from technology to layout and more. Unlike serviced offices, clients occupying managed spaces enjoy increased privacy, often occupying entire floors or self-contained areas, and only paying for what they need rather than a full serviced office package.

The fight for quality

Businesses are no longer willing to settle for low quality office environments (think lack of natural light, cramped desks, poor furnishings.). High-level amenities and uplifting design have become expectations rather than luxuries, forcing office providers to raise their game.

The return to the office movement

While hybrid work models have gained popularity in recent years, there’s been a noticeable shift in 2024 towards businesses advocating for more in-office presence. Some companies are even reverting to traditional five-day office weeks.

Whilst we don’t expect five-day office weeks to become the norm any time soon, many companies are embracing a 2-4 day a week schedule, as remote working arrangements are increasingly viewed as a perk rather than an expected reality.

The return of permanent desks

A lack of a personal desk space has emerged as a common complaint among hybrid workers. As a result, the trend towards assigning a desk per person is gaining momentum, ensuring employees have a designated space to call their own, rather than simply hot-desking with their colleagues.

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An emphasis on mobility

Flexibility in space design will reign supreme as organisations strive to accommodate diverse work styles and preferences. Expect to see agile workspaces that can be easily reconfigured to suit varying needs, enabling seamless transitions between individual focus time and collaborative projects.

Mobile technology and cloud-based tools will empower employees to work from any location without compromising productivity or connectivity.

Sustainability front of mind 

Environmental efforts will continue to gain traction as businesses recognise the importance of reducing their carbon footprint and embracing eco-friendly practices.

Expect to see offices incorporating renewable energy sources, implementing recycling programs, and reducing waste through initiatives such as paperless workflows and reusable materials. Sustainable choices will not only benefit the planet but also enhance brand reputation, appealing to the environmentally conscious consumer. 

Cybersecurity in the spotlight

With the current prevalence of remote work and digital collaboration, cybersecurity will emerge as a top concern for organisations in 2024. Robust cybersecurity measures, including multi-factor authentication, encryption protocols, and employee training programs, will be essential for safeguarding sensitive data and mitigating cyber threats.

More businesses enter flexspace

More and more businesses are recognising the advantages of flexible workspaces over traditional long-term leases. Why commit to a rigid 15-year agreement when shorter-term alternatives offer greater adaptability?

Previously, there was almost a stigma attached to operating from flexible workspaces, especially for larger businesses, with concerns about perceptions of their longevity. However, in 2024, this narrative has evolved. Rather than hiding their workspace choice, businesses are embracing the flexibility it affords, making it increasingly common in the corporate world, with businesses of all sizes.

Even traditional landlords are waking up to the benefits of flexible workspaces and seeking to capitalise on this growing  market. However, transitioning into this sector requires special expertise in delivering a premium hospitality experience, an area where many traditional landlords may lack in. As a result, expect to see more partnerships between landlords and experienced flex space providers in 2024.

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