Why You Won’t Recognize Your Office In 10 Years Time 48

Why You Won’t Recognize Your Office In 10 Years Time - Googleplex, google hq office design

This is a guest post by Reno – a Director of a leading exhibition company Enigma Visual Solutions, specializing in retail designs, interiors, graphic productions, signage systems, creative office branding, event branding, conference set design and much more. He enjoys sharing his thoughts on upcoming marketing ideas and design trends.

Office design trends are evolving all the time, especially as things like wireless technology allow businesses to move away from desktop PCs, land line telephones and assigned work stations. However, technology is not the only driver of change, as scientific research finds ways to improve productivity or reduce health issues.

During the next ten years, these factors are going to combine to create major changes in the average workplace, to the point where you may not even recognize your own office building.

Here, we take a look at some of the biggest office design trends you can expect to see over the course of the decade.

More Than a Workplace

One of the biggest ways in which offices are set to change is an increased focus on offering personal services, leisure activities and wellness options. As such, there will be a heightened awareness of the fact that the office needs to serve as more than just a place of work, given how much time employees spend in the building.

We are already seeing signs of this evolution, especially with some larger corporations.

Google’s California HQ has its own basketball court, allowing employees to unwind during their breaks. The National Sleep Foundation, meanwhile, found that nearly half of all employees suffer from a lack of sleep, hindering their productivity. Google responded by introducing sleep pods, where workers can go and have a power nap to recharge.

However, in the next ten years, these luxuries will no longer be reserved for the corporate elite. The Society for Human Resource Management says 11 percent of waste management companies already provide free food and drinks, while half of all WorkWell Partners’ clients cite Google as the inspiration for their office planning projects.

Customization Is Key

Office space planning has become more and more concerned with the idea of comfort in the workplace, as repeated studies have shown that discomfort can contribute towards a host of problems, including various health issues, increased levels of absence, reduced quality of work and lower overall productivity.

The offices we see in ten years time will fully embrace customization, with adjustable desks allowing staff to reposition all elements of their work station to match their body type and personal preferences. Staff are also likely to have the ability to switch seamlessly from sitting to standing and even to lying down.

“Moveable walls with sound-absorbing fabrics will allow workers to get the privacy they crave,” says Gwen Moran, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans. This will also enable employees to form smaller collaborative hubs as and when they need them, without any of the downsides associated with open plan designs.

The End of Assigned Desks

As well as featuring customizable work stations, the offices of ten years time are likely to have turned their backs on the idea of permanently assigned desks entirely. Instead, they will operate a system whereby people are assigned to a particular space every day, or every few hours, depending on the nature of the work they need to get done.

The so-called ‘smart office’ concept has emerged as one of the biggest talking points among office designers and architects in recent times.

Phillip Ross, a workplace futurologist at Ungroup, has even developed a cloud-based system, which enables the building to assign different coloured ‘jelly beans’ to employees, depending on their needs and the needs of the company itself. Other companies are already excited by its potential.

“If you want to work in a green space and be quiet, then you might get a green jelly bean and that identifies where you will sit in the building,” explains David Rolls, Executive of Commercial Development at Mirvac. “Then what happens is that, automatically, the technology will link the green jelly beans together.”

So, how do you see your office in 10 years?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.