Trends of the Future: Workspaces in the 2020s and 30s

It is now clear that an office revolution has taken place over the past 3 years. And, while employees are returning to the office in greater numbers, it's clear that employers and employees are struggling to find a happy medium. One solution is to turn the workplace into a space that is more like home. In other words, the office experience needs to improve and change if employers want to embrace a return to the office.
10 Oct
Studio DB

Today's Happy Medium: Turning the Office into a Destination

The emerging evidence is that workers don't want to return to the same pre- hybrid work revolution routines. To draw them back, employers must reinvent the office, showing they've adapted to the new normal. Now, the office is a purpose-driven destination, not just a routine.

According to an article by McKinsey & Company, "The relationship between employees and the workplace has changed in ways that require organisations to invest seriously in helping people navigate through their vision for the hybrid workplace and any changes to the physical workspace. Doing so can help employees balance productivity, well-being, and a sense of connection in the evolving future of work."

Better Efficiencies in the Office

Tech plays a pivotal role in bridging employer and employee needs, offering efficient communication and connection. Access to certain technologies is a reason to come into the office, but technology can also be used to create a seamless experience across every room in the workplace.

Consider this: technologies like RFID and Bluetooth can transform and personalise the workspace. Despite the appeal of working from home's 'personal space', and some employees being wary of hot desks, these technologies bring a homely touch to the office.

An employee can easily connect their device - be it a laptop, phone, or headset - to a hot desk's gear like monitors or speakers. Plus, with cloud software, they can sync preferences across devices, from email to preferred wallpaper or font size. It's about making the office feel like their own.

Biophilic Design and Natural Materials to Employee Wellness

Imagine an office with plants, fish tanks, natural light, and décor made from elements like wood, stone, and seashells. These touches not only make spaces feel cosy but also rejuvenate and uplift moods.

Lighting is a game-changer too. Beyond basic illumination, the right lights can enhance mood, health, and productivity. And don't forget the soothing effects of natural materials. Fibers like hemp dampen noise, while wooden desks and glass details boost our overall feel-good vibes.

The Role of Sustainability in the Workplace: The move towards Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

Simple sustainable actions, like using the right recycling bins, can bring employees together. But it's more than that – a green-focused culture aligns staff with the company's core values.

Besides fostering a united team, green measures make a tangible difference. Think natural lighting, energy-efficient gadgets, and renewable energy sources like solar panels. They cut down energy use and emissions.

And there's a bonus: sustainability can save costs. Embracing the 3Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle - means maximising what we have. It's not only eco-friendly but pushes employers and employees to come together to think creatively outside the box.

The Changing Nature of Work

The world of work hasn't seen such a shakeup since the dawn of the Internet. With AI, robotics, and the pandemic's impact, we're witnessing a boom in gig jobs and global remote work.

Some say professions like accountants and writers might be in their ‘twilight’, while robotics introduces innovations like self-driving cars and recycling robots. But here's the silver lining: this shift can free us from mundane tasks.

Remember, machines can't build human relationships. Roles will always demand the human touch, and people aren’t going anytime soon. The real focus? Boosting soft skills like communication, problem solving, leadership and customer service. Such a workforce will be more productive with flexible work arrangements, a positive culture and continuous learning.

The Impact of Demographic Shifts on the Workforce: The Rise of Gen Z and the Aging of the Baby Boomer Generation

Today's workplaces are a melting pot of generations, each with its unique perspectives, tech-savviness, and values. As Boomers step back, Millennials and Gen X rise to leadership, while Gen Y and Gen Z are bringing fresh energy and aspirations.

This mix is both a challenge and an opportunity. It's essential to create a space where everyone feels recognised and valued. Designing an adaptable work environment and using tech that meets diverse needs is a great start.

For workplaces in the 2020s and 2030s, it's not about a one-time change; it's about constantly evolving to embrace a workforce that prizes rich experiences.


Turning the workplace into an attractive destination is essential. Technology integration, seamless and personalised experiences, face-to-face interactions, biophilic design and sustainability reflect leadership that cultivates a positive environment for all.

In our mission to make it easy for our clients, Studio DB is your partner in creating workspaces that increase peoples’ wellbeing and productivity.

Studio DB offers an end-to-end office design and construct service, which spans from crafting workplace concepts to executing the final vision. We partner with you every step of the way. Get in touch with us today, we’d love to chat!

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