Updated August 2022
Growing your business in our hybrid reality means nimbly addressing a variety of employee and client needs you may not have considered before the pandemic: flex spaces, enhanced breakrooms, more collaboration spaces, and a larger focus on employee wellbeing. Thankfully, getting creative with office furniture solutions for workplace design adaptability has never been easier to implement.
Modular furniture allows you to take certain components, such as desks and filing systems, and combine them to form a variety of workstation layouts.
Where should you start first? We suggest looking at what matters most—the employee atmosphere. If your team is uncomfortable, work and productivity suffer. Put the time and money into a healthy modern office system that works for you and them and you’ll see how the benefits positively affect the bottom line.
Let’s Talk Modular
It’s time to think about easy-to-adjust modular office furniture. Modular furniture allows you to take certain components, such as desks and filing systems, and combine them to form a variety of workstation layouts. This flexibility allows you to adjust to the changing number of people in the office. Additionally, workstations work well for desk hoteling or hotdesking if your organization has adapted these in the hybrid office.
Here’s what you need to consider in order to find a modular furniture layout that’s right for your office.
Flexibility in Design
Look for a modular office workstation system that can be configured and re-configured into numerous pod layouts. This accommodates activity-based working while maintaining a seamless aesthetic throughout the space.
When outfitting your workstations, don’t forget individual needs. Ergonomic accessories, such as monitor arms and keyboard trays, adapt to various body shapes and sizes for maximum comfort and productivity in your modular office workstations.
Types of Workstations
Curved workstations break the traditional “square-cube” stereotype and add a brilliantly fresh look and feel to any modern office. Not only do they make sense for a bustling, busy office by reducing sharp corners and providing closer body-to-keyboard comfort, but they also offer more enclosed privacy when arranged the right way.
Research shows that sitting at a desk for long periods of time can lead to health problems, yet a surprising number of commercial workplaces still reserve their sit-to-stand desks for executives or offer them on a case-by-case basis to employees who request them.
This layout offers the mobility employees need to stay sharp and energized. Just make sure their workstation is configured correctly for healthy best practices.
Managerial Collaborative Modular Workstations
Strengthen communication between managerial staff or ease the transition of new employees with a managerial collaborative workstation. This layout is a good fit for two colleagues who need to collaborate regularly on reports or projects. And won’t require hovering in cubicles or pinging notifications at each other on Slack.
Encourage innovation among employees by providing the space they need to explore and solve creative problems.
This can also be a useful layout when you want to quickly align new employees to the company culture. Assign them a workstation with a “mentor” or senior employee, or a fellow new hire so they can hit the ground running with a partner.
For hybrid employees that spend a reduced amount of time at the office, a minimalist workstation can be the perfect fit. When combined with personal storage cabinets or locked filing systems for interchangeable spaces, workers can come and go with ease. It also maximizes the line of sight across the office, which helps smaller commercial workspaces appear larger.
Use minimalist workstations in your design layout to increase communication, but remain aware of noise issues that may hinder productivity. Install buffers such as acoustic dividers and barriers when necessary.
Extended Work Surface Workstations
Studies show that a messy desk fosters creativity. Encourage innovation among employees by providing the space they need to explore and solve creative problems. An extended work surface is also helpful for impromptu meetings. They reduce the need to book a conference room or seek out first-come, first-serve collaborative spaces.
Though the debate about whether the hybrid office is here to stay continues to linger, the advantages of modular workstations are indisputable. With a variety of options and uses, any growing business can thrive and benefit when its employees come together and share space.